Meet New Project Manager: Rachel Orbuch

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I want to start by introducing myself and explain how I ended up with probably the best job imaginable!

I am born and raised in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes (and zero mountains). I grew up playing a plethora of sports. I played baseball with the boys and tackle football with my cousins, but by far my two favorites were basketball and lacrosse. I distinctly remember being one of the tallest girls on my Jewish day school’s team, to becoming one of the shortest on my public high school basketball team. But that didn’t stop me from playing. In high school, I also started playing lacrosse. I was resistant at first because I did not want to wear a skirt to play a sport. Once I started playing, I quickly forgot about my reservations and fell in love.

For college, I became the eighth Badger in my extended family

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I studied biology and political science. I also continued playing lacrosse on the UW women’s lacrosse team and loved playing with other motivated and passionate women who challenged me to play my best. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to captain our team and lead practices.

As a lifelong athlete, I learned the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. I also gained invaluable life skills and realized that with help from my teammates, I can succeed at whatever goal I set in my mind.

I am inspired to use these skills to work to improve the health of communities to which I belong, and I plan on becoming a physician to help me achieve this goal.

In my short time here, I have already fallen in love with Cusco, living in the middle of the Andes, and have even become slightly less out of breath when I walk up the million and one stairs to our apartment. By far, my favorite experience thus far was meeting and beginning to teach the amazing chicas. More on them in the next blog post, but I wanted to end by giving a quick shout-out to Alika and Lydia for rounding up countless school administrators, teaching me how to trill my R’s, sharing their enthusiasm for GSW, and preparing us for this upcoming year! Your impact is evident. We all miss you and can’t wait for you to come back and visit!

I am so excited for my upcoming year in Cusco, and I am invigorated and ready to work hard towards GSW’s mission of empowering young women through athletics to be leaders, develop healthy living practices, gain self-confidence, and other impactful life skills.

— Rachel

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