Author: Rachel Rueckert


Podcast Feature

Recently, Dan Mullins interviewed me for his My Camino podcast. You can listen to the full recording here. And if you want to follow along, here is the piece I wrote called “20 truths about walking the Camino de Santiago.”


29 Things to do Before 29

Some of these tiny goals may seem silly (don’t worry—I have some big, less measurable goals I’m working on). But year after year I enjoy reflecting on the prior year and the fun times had. So here goes another round! Apply to MFA programs Get into an MFA program Start...


28 Things to Do Before I’m 28

Despite my long-standing tradition of birthday goals, this year I hesitated to make a “28 Before 28” list. I’m in the process of trying to simplify my life. I’m slashing my ‘to-do’ lists and ‘to-be’ lists. But the good ol’ birthday goals seemed to make the cut, so long as...


Reviewing my ’27 Before 27′ Birthday Goals

A wise woman told me the secret to feeling satisfaction in life is to take your ‘to-do’ list and cut it in half. I recognize this annual birthday goals tradition does not fit that model of wisdom, but I still find it rewarding. So rather than hashing out all the...


Reflections on a New Job as a Global Curriculum Director

SIX YEARS AGO I spent the summer in a remote village in Ghana on my first major international trip. I worked in a local high school where I volunteered and researched attitudes towards reading and the British education system. I loved the kids. I loved the community. This was the experience that...


Why We Need to Celebrate Teach For America’s 25th Birthday

In 2012 I began a challenging two-year commitment as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in the Lawrence School District in Massachusetts. With a dropout rate of 52.3% in 2011, many Lawrence students lacked basic skills necessary to succeed in college. I helped found a school working with the most...


Lessons from the Ugly Indian

“I have been convinced more than ever that human nature is much the same, no matter under what clime it flourishes, and that if you approached people with trust and affection you would have ten-fold trust and thousand-fold affection returned to you.” -M. K. Gandhi   My friend Ashish swerved through...


Love Letter to Sweden

Dear Sweden, I’m sorry I never really noticed you in the corner of the world. It was always Austin who wanted to be with you. I’ve spent the better part of my life oblivious to your charms. I’ll just come out and say it—after our latest get together I think...


The First Thanksgiving with My Pilgrim Ancestor, William Bradford

Almost four hundred years ago my great, great+ grandpa, William Bradford, sailed on the Mayflower into Cape Cod into what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts. He later became the mayor of Plymouth Plantation and played a significant role in its history. Even though I have lived in this state for a...