Hello! My name is Rebekah Good. Three years ago, I was lucky enough to step into a role that perfectly combined my passions and experience — community manager at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC).
Over the past few years, you may have seen me engaging with you on our social media channels, responding to your questions via email, cheering you on in our official Facebook Groups, facilitating prizes for our social contests, hosting live events on Facebook, and even sharing your joy in person during our commencement celebrations in Arizona.
My passion for social media and online community management began more than 15 years ago. I’ve worked alongside multiple companies and managed communities for an array of brands covering topics such as video games, books, publishing, beauty products, health care, esports, and more.
Being a community manager is so much more than reading and responding to comments you leave on our social channels. It is an opportunity to create a space for a community to not only be informed but also to be made to feel welcomed and valued. Every day, I have the honor of reading your educational journeys and celebrating your highlights as well as sympathizing and encouraging you during your lows.
One of my favorite memories is getting to see UAGC students in person at the 2023 Spring Commencement ceremony. Seeing you dressed in your regalia, posing for photos with your families, and finally getting to celebrate at the finish line what you have worked so hard to earn was incredibly inspiring.
I am so proud to be a part of this community where there are so many helpful resources to help UAGC students and alum.
You’re Not Alone
In October 2018, I lost my mom and best friend to stage 4 lung cancer. It was a huge shock to me and my family because we didn’t even know she had cancer. She thought she was just suffering from pneumonia and muscle spasms from coughing. I stayed at the hospital to support her while she got treatment for “pneumonia,” and after spending two weeks by her side, I had to go home alone.
Many of you are going through your courses while working a full-time job, taking care of family, experiencing grief after having recently lost loved ones, struggling with health issues, and so many other “surprises” life can throw at you. After experiencing my own loss, I am so encouraged by the tenacity of our students, and I have a deep appreciation for your determination to overcome challenges and achieve success. I know it’s not easy, so if you ever find yourself struggling with any one of life’s curveballs, I encourage you to seek help from the resources UAGC has to offer and to always communicate your needs.
I am so proud to be a part of this community where there are so many helpful resources to help UAGC students and alum. Are you struggling with time management and need encouragement? Never hesitate to reach out to your advisors. They are such a great resource to help you stay on track to achieving your goals. Perhaps you’re having trouble honing in on the perfect APA style in your writing. If so, reach out to the Writing Center. They are not only knowledgeable, but like so many staff and faculty members at UAGC, they are so passionate about students and are genuinely happy to see you succeed.
If you’re a new student or you’re feeling overwhelmed, turn to your fellow classmates for support in our Facebook Connections Group. They are there to help, share stories, and point you in the right direction. It is so important to communicate when you feel yourself start to struggle, and our strong and vibrant Facebook Group will be there to give you guidance whenever you need it. If you have a concern about disability-related advocacy, contact our Office of Student Access and Wellness.
As you continue through your courses and degree programs at UAGC, remember that you are not alone. I couldn’t be prouder to have you all in the UAGC family.
You’ve got this, Wildcats!