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Rachel Selep AEB PROFILE
Biology and biomedical humanities.
Where are you from?
Where do you currently live?
3 words to describe yourself?
I am driven, outgoing and thoughtful.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I recently became a registered nurse and now work in the operating room.
How did you find Hiram?
I found out about Hiram from my family. I am one of several family members to attend Hiram, so you could definitely say it is a family tradition. My grandparents met at Hiram and graduated in 1942. My great uncle, uncle and two aunts also attended Hiram and my one aunt teaches at Hiram for the weekend college and she is also on the Board of Trustees.
What clubs were you involved in?
I was the on the swim team from ’11 to ’14 (captain from ’13 to ’14), the Ski and Snowboard Club (President in ’12) and I was in the Chemistry Club.
Your favorite Hiram traditions?
My favorite Hiram tradition was ringing the victory bell as a team after we won a swim meet. It was a great way to feel connected together and to recognize our hard work. It was always extra special when we got to ring the bell while outside in a snow storm in our suits. I say this because not only was it fun, but it also showed the commitment we had for one another and that we were willing to go out in the cold to celebrate our victory.
Denny Taylor! Also, Erin Lamb and Julie Maxson.
What is your favorite location on campus?
This is also a difficult question. I really loved Bowler as I lived there two out of the four years I was at Hiram. It definitely became my second home. I also loved taking walks at the field station and studying in the library and in Gerstacker.
What is your favorite Hiram memory?
I had a lot of wonderful experiences at Hiram including many travel opportunities to Alaska, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Florida, Hawaii and even Australia! I also met my husband at Hiram and I made a lot of wonderful friends. It is too difficult for me to pick one specific memory.
What is the most important thing that you learned from Hiram?
The most important thing I learned at Hiram was to be myself and not to be afraid to speak my mind. When I started college I was very shy and I always dreaded having to speak up in class. Not because I did not care about what was going on, but because I was afraid of what others would think. Having biomedical humanities as one of my majors, I was often challenged to be involved in class participation. One professor in particular pulled me aside after class and asked me to be more involved as she thought that I had a lot of interesting thoughts to contribute to discussion. The more she pushed me to be involved the more comfortable I became at talking in class. If it wasn’t for her help I would not be where I am today.
Do you feel that Hiram prepared you for your future?
I definitely feel that my time at Hiram prepared me for my future. While my studies at Hiram do not directly reflect what my current career is I gained a lot of knowledge and skills that helped me after graduation.
What is your current employment? Retired? What are you doing now?
I am a registered Nurse at University Hospitals.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also recently moved and I have my horse Gus in the backyard, so I enjoy time with him and my other pets.
What brought you back to Hiram and why the Alumni Executive Board (AEB)?
I am a new member to the AEB. I wanted to join because I miss being at Hiram and I still want to be part of the Hiram culture.