Rachelle was first attracted to St. Lawrence University because of its plethora of on-campus facilities like acres of running trails, the Wachtmeister Fieldhouse, its contemporary athletic facilities and diverse community volunteer opportunities. After receiving her acceptance letter from St. Lawrence, she discovered additional, some would say more meaningful, reasons to find pride in being a Laurentian. Rachelle appreciates the close-knit community atmosphere that presides over the St. Lawrence campus. She admires how involved and committed to campus life the students are and how rewarding it is to be part of such a hard-working and motivated community.
Rachelle especially appreciates working with the Estudios Hispanicos section of the Modern Languages department at SLU. After spending many hours with the staff of Carnegie’s Center for International and Intercultural Exchange, Rachelle was accepted to the study abroad program in Costa Rica for the spring semester of her junior year. While in Costa Rica, she lived in a suburb of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and was directly enrolled in the University of Costa Rica, the largest and most prestigious university in Latin America. While abroad, Rachelle lived with a host family, thriving in the relaxed and interactive classroom settings the UCR provided, appreciating the beautiful beaches and stunning rainforests on weekends and during vacations and establishing many deep friendships with the Ticos.
Back on campus as a senior Rachelle is returning to a multitude of activities on campus. Rachelle energetically fulfills the roles of co-captain for the women’s soccer team, a teaching assistant for professor Salvi’s Spanish class and also as the student director of the Spanish Writing Center. Participating in these group-oriented activities has provided Rachelle with the opportunity to first discover and then fully develop her love for working with people and she considers her ability to interact and communicate in foreign language a great achievement. She fully intends to continue to use the Spanish language and cultural skills she has acquired after she graduates from St. Lawrence in May.