Rachel walked onto the Grand View campus for a visit and knew immediately this was the place for her.
"I heard about Grand View from the time I was very little. We went to a Lutheran church and our pastor was a GV grad," Rachel said. "I didn't like the idea of a big school; I wanted smaller classes and the opportunity to be involved in many things, and when I came for a visit it felt like my home away from home."
Rachel received a music scholarship and got involved with choir and band. She enjoys the constant interaction the band and choir have on campus, performing at campus events such as homecoming, honors convocation and commencement. She also assists with music scholarship auditions and creates connections with new students, much like she did during her own audition day.
"To put a face with a name and know at least one person when you are new to campus makes starting this part of your life a little less daunting," Rachel said. "I like that I can do that for others."
As a choir member, Rachel enjoyed the opportunity to go on the annual spring music tour, which travels internationally every four years. She has traveled to the west coast, toured throughout the Midwest, and overseas to Denmark and Germany.
"It was one of the coolest experiences I've had," Rachel said. "Not only did we go to these places and perform, but we were ambassadors for our school, our state and our country. We stayed with host families, which was very unique and something I will never forget."
As a Philip Hougen Scholar, Rachel is involved with campus ministries and proud of the club’s outreach to the campus. They minister to all students, and the campus pastor is a presence for everyone, from athletes to fine arts students to science majors…everyone.
Grand View offers two honors programs, one of which is LOGOS. LOGOS is an invitation-only honors program designed to refine your critical thinking, examine your beliefs and test your values.
"LOGOS is the best experience that I’ve had at GV,” Rachel said. “In fact, as a class, we were kind of sad on the last day. It’s a lot of work but the results are so rewarding."
There is no test, just a book that students read and then dive into a conversation about the content and the questions it brings forward. Rachel formed strong bonds with her LOGOS peers and felt comfortable putting her ideas and opinions out for discussion.
Rachel also represents Grand View as a Presidential Ambassador. This invitation-only program is available to selected incoming freshmen to help them develop leadership skills through meetings and personal interactions with GV President Kent Henning and the Board of Trustees. Presidential Ambassadors are involved in various activities and seminars on and off campus, and network with Des Moines community leaders.