Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Rachel Buzzeo

November 16, 2020

Enjoy the following Q&A with Rachel Buzzeo, administrative specialist in CASL's Behavioral Sciences Department.

  • Name:  Rachel Buzzeo
  • Position:  Administrative Specialist
  • Years at UM-Dearborn: 15 years
What does a typical workday look like for you? 

A typical day in the remote world is a bit different than being in the office as we all have found. Meetings seem to be the theme for most days, but I get to see people in those meetings so that is nice. I would routinely work with my faculty from the department on a daily basis while in the office, but now working remote, that isn’t as regular as our faculty have so much on their plates. I miss seeing my faculty on a daily basis. But a routine day working remotely does still consist of taking care of students, faculty, and departmental needs/projects. I will add that there isn’t a meeting that I am in that one, if not both, of my house mates (below) don’t join in with me.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love that my job is different every day. I never know what to expect from one day until the next, and I love that part. This is where the “Jack of All Trades” title comes in. This is still the case even though we are remote.

What was your first job?

My first job was actually here at UM-Dearborn when I was 14. I worked in the Financial Services office with my mother (Leah Long), which at that time was tucked under the staircase in the Henry Ford Estate. I worked every summer after that in CASL for some time. I worked with Advising, Humanities, and the Graduate Program. Once I began college, I then gave tours of the Henry Ford Estate and Power House, along with being on the wait staff at our Pool Restaurant (which I miss going to), and was part of the catering crew during the weekends.

What do you do to relax?

My new hobby is diamond art. I can’t seem to stop working on it once I begin. I’ve done a lot of scenes since we have been remote. Not sure what I’m going to do with them all. Counted cross-stitch used to be my hobby that I may have to pick that up again someday.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?

I would love to have an endless memory. To remember everything I hear, learn and engage in would be a fabulous thing. It would make a lot of things much easier.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?

Being a mom is the proudest moment of my life. To watch my children grow, graduate, and begin their own lives as adults is so awesome to see. I will admit though, I miss that they don’t need me as much as they used to.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Music was always a huge part of my life, thanks to my mom. As an elementary and middle school student I played the flute and piccolo, as well as singing in the school choir. Then in high school I was part of the Solo Ensemble group. For many years, I used to be one of the lead singers in our music ministry team at the church I belonged to.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?

If I knew how sports would have affected me now as an adult physically, I may have not been so competitive and giving 120% all the time…not true, I would have still given my all and then some, to play well and to do my part to help my teams win. However, I may have done some kind of exercises as a younger adult to alleviate some of the fun times I’m going through now.

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