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Meet Rachel Caskey

Rachel Caskey

Rachel Caskey, a dance enthusiast, has had three surgeries related to her right ankle over the past couple years. “Although they were relatively minor procedures, recovery took time and tested my patience. Not being able to dance for long periods of time helped me realize just how much I love ballet and how important attending a college where I could continue dancing was to me.”

What book has been influential in your life and why?
Ben Carson’s “Gifted Hands” inspired me to believe that with God’s help, I can achieve anything. Carson rose from humble beginnings to become one of America’s finest neurosurgeons. His story encourages me to pursue my own passions with a similar sense of determination and confidence.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I would travel back in time to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. I participated in my high school’s “We the People” program and spent a lot of time really getting to know our Founding Fathers. I would love not only to witness the historic debates and groundbreaking compromises that took place at the Convention, but also to observe our Founders’ personalities and quirks firsthand.

What is it that most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
The opportunity to spend an entire summer or semester in another country truly fascinates me. I have studied Spanish for several years and hope to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain. I cannot wait to gain a more in-depth understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

On campus, I hope to become a member of the Wake Forest Dance Company and get involved with Reformed University Fellowship faith organization.

Why are you and Wake Forest a good match?
The balance between a large university and a personal college makes it a good match for me. Wake Forest offers its students the opportunity to get to know their professors and classmates, which I believe will encourage me to get involved and contribute in an important way to the community.

What are your favorite activities outside of academics?
I love taking any kind of dance class, but especially enjoy ballet. I also like to spend time painting, laughing with my friends and hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
I envision graduation to be an occasion filled with mixed emotions. Part of my mind will wander nostalgically to the friends I have grown close to and the classes I enjoyed, while another part of me will eagerly look towards the next stage of my life.