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Rachel Freeman '09
Rachel Freeman graduated from the University of San Diego in 2009 as a double major in, Sociology and Ethnic Studies. The concentration of her work was: Community, Policy and Justice. Although Rachel is a relatively new graduate, her frequent visits and constant use of professor expertise, on her radio show, is proof, she knows her roots.
1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from USD Rachel began a brief stint in stand-up and began writing a one-woman show, giving voice to those who have been Metaphorically Silenced by Society. Through her writing, she was able to find and be humbled by the little things. For two years, she worked in Special Education and as a Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism. The kids always brought her back to reality and made her realize what was important in life. While working with students and waiting tables, Rachel used every free second and many waitress writing pads to continue her writing. After submitting a poem to a radio show ad on Craigslist, she is now the Producer for the internet radio show, Speak and Be Heard, on adrenalineradio.com and AM 1680. www.facebook.com/SpeakBHeard
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
Rachel has a few fond memories from her days as a student at USD. They include: Torero Days, the WCC tournament and pulling off the most epic April Fool’s prank, on Dr.Rafik Mohamed.
3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
There are two places on campus that are equally beautiful. The back walkway located in the Kumeyaay Garden, which overlooks the Valley and Bay, is not only breathtaking, but brings back so many memories from living on campus and walking to class. Also, the reflection pool behind the IPJ was a favorite place to eat lunch and relax when Rachel wanted to escape the craziness of studying and homework.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Rachel is very grateful for all the classes and professors in the Sociology and Ethnic Studies department. As a double major, they taught her to find a voice in a system that so easily silences people. Overall, Jamaica study abroad, changed her life. ONE LOVE.
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Rachel has established such a great rapport with professors, that she has had many call-in as panelists for the radio show. Dr. Reifer, from Sociology, even drove down to the studio and voiced his expertise for an entire broadcast. Furthermore, the leadership and friendships she gained during her time on campus, has continued to grow and she remains active on e-mail lists and provides advice to prospective students often.
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Take advantage of all opportunities, USD has to offer. If there is something you want established on campus, there is a professor or faculty member that is willing to help look into with you. Just ask. Get involved, because the time goes fast. OLE!!
Interested in connecting with Rachel? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trenton Mendenhall '14
Trenton received his bachelors degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2014. Soon after graduating, he began his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji promoting health and wellness to local communities.