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Discovering Rachel is currently managed by a two-person team: Rachel and her closest friend, Jennifer.
Rachel Wong is currently on a 11-month Fulbright Fellowship as an English Teaching Assistant in Yunlin County, Taiwan. She recently graduated from Macalester College with a degree in International Studies. In her free time, Rachel likes to blog as an outlet for her thoughts and emotions. She hopes to represent Asian Americans in a positive light as a blogger, and advocates for better representation of Asians (and other minority demographics) in popular culture. Rachel swears by Marie Kondo’s tidying method and has an irrational fear of falling (e.g. slipping and falling, turbulence, and anything else you can think of). Rachel strives to be proficient in five languages and aspires to have a career in foreign service in the future.
Rachel was the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Fall 2017, where she studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea. She documented her journey through blog posts dedicated to shed light on the study away experience. Read about her semester here.
Jennifer Arnold is currently a student at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She studies Computer Science and History. Aside from contributing to Rachel’s blog, she also works behind-the-scenes with coding. Jennifer is passionate about Latinx representation in STEM fields and advocates for better support of female POCs in various career fields. She is also an avid Game of Thrones fan and has a talent for losing her phone regularly. You can find Jennifer in her natural habitat when she’s lounging on her bed while binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Q & A
Why did you decide to start this blog?
This blog originally started off as a diary-like outlet for my family overseas to read about the start of my college life back in August of 2015. Gradually, it became a place for self-reflection and, as the blog title says, discovery. I don’t have a set “destination” for this blog, but this blog will change (along with me). As I grow and develop as an individual, I see this blog evolving and developing with me every step of the way.
I’m also hoping to fill the void of female Asian American bloggers who share their struggles and experiences. I want to create a community of people who are engaged in their communities and willing to bridge the gap of minority representation. I’m all about supporting fellow Asian Americans, and I’m excited to see where this community will go next.
How did you and Jennifer meet?
We both met each other the first day of our first year at Macalester College through a program called the Bonner Community Scholars. And ever since I helped Jennifer get back her lost phone from the Minnesota State Fair two weeks into the school year, we became each other’s closest friend in college. We were roommates sophomore year and will be sharing an apartment for our senior year in college.
What do you use to take your photos?
I use Sony Alpha 5000 to take high-quality, high-resolution photos. For other photos, I just use my cell phone, which is an iPhone 8 Plus.