“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss, from "The Lorax"
Hello! My name is Rachel Eva Ramakrishnan, but not to worry, to most people I am simply “Rachel Rama.” I was born and raised in Milwaukee, ‘Wis-ca-nsan’. I could not be more humbled to be a Wilson Scholar at Appalachian. You may ask yourself, “How did a midwestern girl find her way down to Boone?” My mother is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and my Aunt and Uncle are proud alumni of App State. I have grown up with their voices telling me how I am an “App kind of kid.” When I stepped foot on campus and looked out at the mountains, met a diversity of students, and experienced the chill and studious small town atmosphere, I understood what they meant. App felt like my home. I knew going to App would help me grow into a well-rounded person, who never goes through the motions, but truly takes their knowledge, skills, and voice into the world to make a difference. This is why I chose to come to Appalachian: it is the place that will make me into who I want to be, a transformer.
As I begin my journey at App it is difficult to pick just one thing I am excited about! I am elated to be a Nursing major and explore Public Health, as well as see the impact medicine makes in a rural community like Boone. However, I am most excited to become a fully immersed global learner. I love to take adventures and to learn new perspectives about the world, but have never had a chance to travel first hand and experience these wonders with my own eyes. I’m getting antsy just thinking about it!
To pause and take a peek into my past, I have kept extremely busy in high school and wouldn’t have it any other way. I love people and experiencing moments that will last a lifetime.. Over the last four years I have been an active member of Key Club, Vice President of the National Honor Society, Student Body President, Relay for Life Committee Chair, Athletics and Activities Council Rep, Students Against Destructive Decisions President, a Peer Mentor, and a leader of a school wide Climate/Diversity Summit for inclusion. Throughout my education, I have been on High Honor Roll, receiving the Presidential Brewer Academic Honors Award. Outside of the classroom I have grown up volunteering for the Milwaukee County Parks Nature Center since the day I could walk. This opportunity allowed me to help children at events learn about and appreciate the wonders of nature through crafts, hikes, games, and educational programs. I am extremely passionate about active lifestyles, women’s health, the Red Cross, photography, and positive attitudes for all. I have played club soccer since I was 8 years old and was a four year varsity player and captain for the Franklin Sabers soccer team. With these opportunities I earned awards such as All-Area Honorable Mention, All-State Team Honorable Mention, Conference Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference, a member of the WSCA-Masonic All-State Team, and was named a State Finalist for the Wendy High School Heisman.
Now, to jump ahead to my future, post-graduation, I aspire to work as a Nurse, not in a big name hospital, but rather small town areas that need more health professionals. It is a dream of mine to become a Travel Nurse before returning to graduate school to become a Nurse Practitioner. While at Appalachian, and post-graduation, I hope to continue to serve my community working with a Women’s Health Center to promote wellness, and work with organizations to combat sexual assault.
To Mr. and Mrs.Wilson, the Wilson Scholars Program is not a recognition nor endpoint of a drive to serve people and leave the world a better place, but rather embarks upon the very beginning to that legacy. This scholarship allows me to explore and understand the different points of view of this great world and for that, I owe any future accomplishments to the great generosity of the Wilson family.