About Rachael

IMG_0266.JPGSeptember 2016

Hello! And hello again to those who are revisiting my blog after I finished my study abroad program in May 2015. This time, my blog is not about a world tour to study public health, but about my first big life event after graduating from Wesleyan: living in Chile from September 2016 through May 2017. I am very lucky because I get to do this with my twin brother, Jordin. We want to immerse ourselves in the Spanish language and Chilean culture, and the hope is to be fluent by the time we return (which is nervewracking because my Spanish right now is veryyyyy rusty). For the first four weeks, we will be taking a course to get our TEFL/TESOL certification to teach English, and afterward we will be searching for jobs to do just that. If you’re following along for the journey, thank you so much for your interest! I am so thankful to have family and friends who supported this plan (even though we only figured out what we’d actually be doing in mid-August) and helped make it happen. I am so excited to share my journey with you!

While I will be posting photos here, for those on Instagram, follow @metziculous for a more visual description of my life in Chile :)

January 2015

Rachael cropped¡Holaaaa! My name is Rachael and I’m a junior (class of 2016) at Wesleyan University, majoring in Psychology and Science in Society. I know I want to pursue public health in the future, but that’s all I got right now (I’ll update you when I figure out the rest of my life). During the spring 2015 semester, I have the amazing opportunity to study public health all over the world on a program traveling to New Orleans, Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina. If you’re reading this because you want to stay updated on this journey, thank you! I will try to update it as often as I can. If you stumbled upon this page accidentally, I hope you enjoy the graphics and settings that took me so long to set up.

Here are the exact dates I’ll be in each place (with some travel days in between):

  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: Jan. 4-17
  • Hanoi, Vietnam: Jan. 19 – Feb. 16
  • Bushbuckridge, South Africa: Feb. 17 – March 24
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: March 25 – April 27



4 thoughts on “About Rachael

  1. How exciting, Rachel! I look forward to reading your blog and I love your enthusiasm, too. In case you are wondering who I am….I have known you mom and grandmother since high school. 🌈


  2. Hi Rachel,
    I have just spent time reading this wonderful blog, which Terri Laufer connected me to.
    I am Ben’s mom (and my husband is Terri’s cousin) and Shaina’s second cousin, etc. Ben’s 21st birthday is Thursday this week, April 23, and I was wondering if there is any way you could round up a cake/cupcakes or a bottle of wine from his faraway parents to celebrate. I would like to email a cake and a bottle of wine but alas, email is only so helpful… If you are able/willing I shall gladly pop a check in the mail that will be waiting for you when you return to Bala Cynwyd. If this is a ridiculous request and you will be hanging off the side of a bus or some such thing across that day, please let me know and there is no pressure at all.. I truly mean it. Thanks for considering. Best wishes, and enjoy this wonderful last leg of your semester.
    Betsy Toll, aka Ben’s mom


    • Hi Betsy,
      Thanks so much for reading this! I still think it’s so funny that Ben and I are on the same trip. I know Ben’s birthday is this week, and Shaina actually told me you may be writing me. So in our group we have a birthday committee, which is comprised of a few students that get people cakes on their birthdays and plan a small celebration. Our committee is actually headed by one of Ben’s friends from Bowdoin, Sarah Frankl. I asked her the other day if she would be getting a cake as usual, and she said she is. Would you like me to get something else as well, such as the bottle of wine that you suggested? I’m not sure that I can choose one very well (I’m only recently 21 myself), but I can definitely try! Please let me know! ~Rachael


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