Meet a FLATmate: Connecting Points

RACHEL

DSC04183Stars become a constellation with a little imagination. Drawing lines and a bit of squinting reveal that seemingly unconnected points are part of some bigger, dynamic system. I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration and minors in Spanish and Anthropology. Over the last several years, my work experience has ranged from butterfly wrangling in Costa Rica to hydrogen explosions in Iowa – don’t worry; it was for science.

Just after goat milking in Oregon, I focused on international issues connected to agriculture and cultural understanding from the great corn state and abroad. Through the yearlong Princeton in Asia Program, I worked at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and supported projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. I then headed west to begin a masters program in Environmental Studies and explore the intersect of food, culture and environment. The FLAT provided instant community with a set of diversely talented and passionate cohorts, and I feel fortunate to be part of this constellation of sustainable activity.

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