Who is Rachel?
I am an admissions representative at Globe University-Appleton. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with my bachelor’s degree in Humanistic Studies and Spanish in 2011. I am a health nut and I recently got a rescue dog named Kora.
Tell us something interesting.
My mom left her house in California in October to travel to the United States (and Canada) alone. She is currently in Sarasota, FL. She is doing things I am jealous of, like 30 mile hikes on the Appalachian Trail, drinking moonshine with strangers in Kentucky, and climbing the half dome at Yosemite.
How do you feel about your mother doing this alone?
I am so happy for her and I idolize her. She frequently texts me about trials and tribulations of traveling alone, and sometimes I wish I could just email her a hot breakfast after raccoons ate her food while she was sleeping.
What have you done recently that challenged the norm?
Last week I was driving home from work and there was a woman walking on the side of the road. I immediately thought of my mom, and was like maybe this woman got turned around on a 30-mile hike and just wants to get home. I stopped to see if she needed help. That’s when I learned Connie was a homeless woman. She said she was just trying to find a warm place to sleep for the night, and I informed her she was going the wrong way and headed into the country.
I panicked. Was I going to bring this lady back to my house? No? No. It was 13 degrees out! I invited her to sit in my car while we figured out the next step. Then, for the first time in my life I called the homeless shelter. The first shelter was at capacity. How many people are homeless in Appleton!? Luckily, she suggested that I call the Fox Valley Warming Shelter, so I called and they had three, first come, first serve spots available for the night. I rushed Connie over to the warming shelter and she was able to get in for the night there.
What a wonderful, caring gesture! What are you thinking about today?
I was just thinking about Connie this morning, how I hope that everything works out for her, and realizing how grateful I am and should be for everything I have.
Who have you helped lately?