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Rachel Jacobs' '13 first semester on the Hill has been anything but boring. In fact, her entire life has always been a little hectic--Jacobs was born in California, but she grew up in Luxembourg, attended boarding school in England and her family currently resides in Virginia.
It's amazing that Jacobs ended up at a small liberal arts college in Maine despite her world traveling, but she was so sure about the atmosphere at Colby that she applied Early Decision. "I liked it because it [produced] very well-rounded students. And my mom's obsessed with college stuff and she kept sending me all those insideColby photos," Jacobs says.
Upon her arrival this fall, Jacobs immediately pursued her interest in government by running for co-president of the freshman class with Lester Batiste '13 in October. The pair's agreeable platforms won them the election.
Jacobs' role in the Student Government Association (SGA) is providing her with a valuable experience, especially because she intends to be a government and economics double major. "My dream is to be financial advisor to the President," Jacobs reveals, but she laughs while admitting that her goals may be a little too ambitious.
For now, Jacobs is focusing on being a voice for students at the College. Jacobs and Batiste recently hosted the first freshman study break of the year, which was relatively successful. "On the plus side, the doughnuts and hot apple cider were gone within the first half an hour, but we think only 75 to 100 people showed up," Jacobs says. She hopes that attendance will increase at the next study breaks because, as she puts it, "they're going to be awesome." Jacobs became immersed in the town of Waterville while planning for the study break, and she discovered the friendliness of local business owners. Many businesses were more than willing to donate gift certificates to be given away during the study break, which Jacobs felt revealed a lot about the generosity of people in the surrounding community.
One of Jacobs' future plans during her term as co-president is to install coat racks in hallways, particularly in large academic buildings such as Lovejoy. "A girl approached me about having coat racks...and I was going to try to talk to PPD [Physical Plant Department]...and see if we can install racks. I'm not sure it's possible just because of the funding we'd need to get," Jacobs says, but she is willing to try.
In addition to her SGA responsibilities, Jacobs is a member of the Colby novice crew team, which is a new endeavor for her.
She enjoys reading, which she admits is a cliché hobby for students on the Hill. "But I like to debate and argue," she adds, "and I read The New York Times daily. That way I can debate and argue with people."
When she's not studying or striving to implement changes on campus, Jacobs says that she is usually reading fashion blogs online. "I play online shopping games with my sister," Jacobs says, in which they limit themselves to a certain amount of money and fill their fantasy shopping carts at one particular store. Even though they don't click the "check out" button, they have fun dreaming. As Jacobs finishes out her term with SGA, she is open to suggestions from students regarding what changes need to be made on the Hill. "I think the class of 2013 has a ton of school spirit," Jacobs says, and she can't wait to see what they will do with it.