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Rachel Freeman, University of Washington - Mu Degree: Chemical Engineering and Germanics (dual degrees)Current Job: Currently taking an extended sabbatical for travel, after 10 years of working. Before I left, I was a Certi cation Veri cation Engineer at Bucher Leichtbau AG in Switzerland.Phi Sigma Rho has impacted my life by: I’ve been impacted by all the amazing women I’ve met. I joined as a college Freshman looking to make friends, but I got so much more than that. I found a sisterhood full of fun, motivated, and accomplished women that inspire me to chase my dreams.Tell us about your recent travels. I’m 10 months into a 2 year road trip from LA to Argentina. I’m traveling with my husband and dog and we are currently in Colombia. After a 10 year career in aerospace I’m taking a break to see more of the world. It was really hard to quit my job and commit to a journey like this. I moved to Switzerland in 2014 to start a new job, which was a ful lment of a long-held dream to live and work in Europe. I met my now husband there and we talked for the next couple of years about doing this long overland trip. I thought it was a crazy idea (and still do) but it’s an amazing experience! We keep a blog about our travels at www.granviaje.chHow do you define success and how do you measure it? I think success is meeting your personal goals and living your dream. That can be your family, career, academic, athletic accomplishments, or any number of things. My de nition has changed over time and it is hard to measure. As long as I don’t give up and do everything I can, I think I am successful.How have you stayed active with Phi Sigma Rho since graduating? It has been hard to stay active in the traditional sensewhen abroad. I have stayed close to many Mu Chapter sisters, and overseas I have met sisters from all over that have overseas jobs or adventures. I got to host sisters traveling through Zurich, build a close connection with Becky Caldwell while we were both living there, and my best friend and Mu Chapter sister, Kristen Dhuse,  ew all the way there to visit me.I got to visit the Mu chapter when I was home for a visit a couple years ago and introduce myself to the actives - and I have to say it was incredible to see how the chapter has grown and  ourished! I wish I had been there to see it happen. They are an amazing group of women and I’m so proud of their hard work and accomplishments.Do you have any hobbies? Taking ridiculous photos of my dachshund Mitzi, hiking, running, downhill skiing, cross country skiing - anything to get me in the mountains! - reading, scuba diving, and travel!Fall 2018NOMINATIONSfor the 2019-2021 National Council and Foundation Board of Directors will open on January 1, 2019. Please visit for more details.11

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