Rachel Linnemann


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Rachel was born in the Hunan Province of China, but spent all the years of her life growing up in Haslett, Michigan. She has had an interest in the performing arts since a young age, taking dance lessons since she was 3 years old (dancing is something she still enjoys today). She graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, interested in everything and never quite sure what to focus on. Throughout college, she discovered a passion for education and working with young people through various student and volunteer organizations. After graduating, she moved to the Twin Cities to serve two years of AmeriCorps with the college access program, College Possible. She loved supporting 38 inspiring students at Johnson Senior High School through their junior and senior years, as they explored their passions, leadership, and goals both inside and outside of school. In addition to working with Project Success, Rachel is an usher part-time at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul. Rachel is incredibly excited to work with Project Success, and continue building relationships with students, school staff, community partners, and the entire Project Success team!

Favorite musicians:

A random assortment of Tiny Desk Concert video artists and most Broadway musical performers

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?

Seasons of Love from Rent

Favorite books:
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • I love love love reading! I’m always looking for good book recommendations!

    Favorite movies:

    Rent, Zootopia, Inside Out, Spirited Away

    Favorite food:

    Potstickers/Dumplings, Potatoes (prepared all ways), Sushi, Pizza Rolls, and Ice Cream

     Favorite quote:

    “What you pay attention to grows.” –Adrienne Maree Brown from Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

    Favorite subject in school:

    History, hands down!

    Favorite theater experience:

    I would say that my favorite theater experience would be performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in my high school’s musical junior year. Being in this musical was one of the first experiences where I really felt confident in myself and felt like I belonged to something I was truly proud of. I also loved being able to dance on stage the entire time!

    Your ultimate vacation destination:

    Southeast Asia

    If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

    Teleportation (to travel more and maximize each day!)

    The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:

    My parents and the leadership team from the Intercultural Aide and Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) program that I was in when I was in college. These programs helped me critically think about the world and find a community on campus.

    What you wanted to be when you grew up: