Rachel Hensel

2016 Summer Welcome Leader-Rachel HenselName: Rachel Hensel

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Year: Freshman

Academic Major(s): Health Sciences



  • If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?

If I could do one thing with my life I would move to New York and make it big on Broadway.  I grew up dancing, and I could picture myself in a kick line on the big stage with the bright lights shining down every night.  Unfortunately I was not blessed with a singing voice that should be heard outside of the shower, but hey that doesn’t stop me from jamming in the car whenever I get the chance.

  • What quote do you live by?

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”~Dr. Seuss

  • How do you make Mizzou your home?

Making Mizzou home can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  With the innumerable amount of organizations on campus, involvement in just one thing can get you connected to your best friends, or you can get involved in a little bit of everything to keep your options wide open.  Personally, I chose to get involved in things related to my major like Assisted Gymnastics, and things that interest me personally like the Emerging Leaders Program.  Through these organizations I’ve gotten connected to opportunities around campus and I enjoy participating in them in my free time.

  • How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?

My transition process from Mizzou to high school wasn’t too difficult, but I underestimated the difficulty that came along with finding my niche.  The best way to find exactly where you belong is to GET INVOLVED!  Try a little bit of everything as a freshman and then dive into the areas that truly interest you.

  • If you had a theme song to describe yourself, what would it be and why?

If I had to choose one song to describe my life it would be “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani.  Gwen allows me to channel my inner sass and the lyrics help me to pretend that my 5’2” self could hold my own in a girl fight.  Not to mention she taught me how to spell bananas.  Don’t pretend like you don’t sing B-A-N-A-N-A-S in your head every time bananas are on your grocery list.