Alumni Update: Rachel Brewer, MHS ‘13
RACHEL BREWER, who graduated from Manchester High School in 2013, is currently pursuing a degree in Government & International Politics, with a concentration in Political Theory, at George Mason University of Virginia.
Background: A lifelong resident of Manchester, Rachel only departed to attend Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford. During her years at MHS, she was heavily involved with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the marching band, as well as a brief stint in the theater department. With FBLA, she traveled across the country to represent MHS in two national business competitions -- once to San Antonio, Texas, and later to Anaheim, California. She also spent three years in the MHS marching band, the last of which she led as Drum Major to various competitions, parades, and a Broadway showing of Phantom of the Opera.
After MHS: Since her acceptance to GMU, Rachel has worked for the current Governor of Virginia and a lobbying firm that advocates for transparent legislative processes and universal access to voting ballots. She has additionally helped several student organizations -- through coordinating meetings with legislators to discuss money in politics, meeting with university administration to create an emergency fund for students who cannot match the skyrocketing cost of higher education, or raising awareness of displaced peoples across the globe and money for the local centers that offer them aid. She recently returned from a semester abroad in France, at the Institut d'Études Politiques of Paris, one of the country's top universities for political science.
These Days: While preparing to graduate with the class of 2016, Rachel eagerly awaits an internship with a community organization that helps black DC residents combat unemployment and gentrification. Meanwhile, she continues to fight the student debt crisis and offer feminist monologues to all who will listen.
Manchester Memories: Rachel remembers being inconceivably awkward throughout high school and the wonderful friends she made regardless, each of whom was somehow more wonderful than the last. She says she is also very grateful for each of the teachers who helped her learn in every way imaginable.
Words of Wisdom (for Today’s Students): “No matter who you are, there's always someone eager to love you for the wonderful quirks that hold you together; especially if that person is yourself. So never think that you're alone, because even if you don't feel it yet, you are loved."