5 things about summer intern Rachel Gordon

Each summer, interns bring new ideas and energy to Civic Nebraska. This year we're happy to have Rachel Gordon, an English and political science major at Nebraska U., on our team. Rachel has been working closely with Director of Development Liz Potter. We appreciate Rachel's keen editing eye and her contributions to our mission. And that she has excellent taste in books.

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Hi all! I’m Rachel Gordon, Civic Nebraska’s Development Intern for the summer. I mostly write and revise grant applications, which is a cool way to combine my love of writing and editing with my love for activism. Here are five things you should know about me.

I’m an English and political science double major with a minor in human rights and humanitarian affairs, and I’m hoping to get my Master’s in English after I graduate. 
To answer your questions: no, I don’t want to be a teacher; no, I’m not writing a novel; and yes, I know I’ll never get a job in my field. Other than that, I’m a pretty typical English major. I read in my spare time, I ran out of space on my bookshelf 20 books ago, and I have not one but two tattoos referencing classic poetry. Ask me for a book rec any time.

I’m a huge coffee fiend. 
I spend a truly obscene amount of money on coffee, and during the semester I show up to class with a large coffee every morning. The best coffee places in Lincoln–in no particular order–are the Coffee House, Crescent Moon, and the Mill.
I’m a vegetarian.
Most vegetarians have a cool moral or ethical reason for being vegetarians. I stopped eating meat in eighth grade to win an argument, and almost eight years later I’m still winning that argument.

I was born and raised in small-town Iowa. 
Population 952, roughly 0.75 square miles. Which means that even though I was (and still am) a booky, artsy nerd, I drove a truck and spent my summers doing farm work. I was also born and raised a Hawkeye fan. Don’t @ me.

I live for the arts.
Fine art, theatre, poetry, you name it. My actual art skills are so-so, but whenever I travel I always make a point to visit as many galleries as possible. The Sheldon Museum of Art is one of my favorite places in Lincoln, and I especially love weird, unintelligible modern art. Believe it or not, I wanted to be an art major in high school, which just goes to show that I’ve never been all that concerned with employability.

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