Elizabeth Abeles-Allison

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Summer 2013
Hometown:
Washburn, Wisconsin

How did you decide on RCAH?
My grandpa actually found the RCAH for me and after talking to my parents, he suggested I learn more about the college. What I found most compelling about the major and what I’m sure my family realized I needed, was that the staff and faculty are really committed to supporting and guiding their students; cultivating their interests. I had just returned from my gap year, a 10-month exchange program in Thailand, and I was convinced I liked everything except boiled chicken feet and 105 degree weather… RCAH classes have allowed me to maintain and add to my interests while at the same time introducing new ways to approach those interests.

What are your academic interests?
Oh goodness! I really enjoy learning languages and the cultures they reflect, exploring different methods of teaching/organizing people and learning about food!

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
The RCAH is huge on networking. We help each other out. If you’ve found your way to the RCAH, there is a good chance you have interests similar to those of your peers and professors. We are all trying to sustainably preserve and encourage growth in our areas of interest. We are ultimately united in our cause. We help give voice to people who don’t have the same resources college students are privileged to have access to.
The RCAH is a really great story and reality. Each step is crucial to achieve a rolling result and while some days are smoother than others, it’s hard to favor one part over the other.  

What are your future plans?
My future plans revolve around working with people. Beyond that requirement I’m not entirely sure what I’d like for myself.  Maybe join Peace Corps, work with a non-profit in Asia, learn Yiddish, or help sustain endangered languages and cultures. For now I’m going to focus on expanding my skill set so I can be prepared for any opportunity.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside of RCAH?

My hobbies outside of the RCAH change with the seasons. During the summer I play soccer, run, read fantasy novels, play banjo and ukulele with friends, shop at farmers markets, experiment with/mess up new recipes, (this happens quite often) and talk to my parents about life. When it starts to get cold out you can find me crocheting hats, playing indoor soccer, walking, singing, doing my homework, and if I’ve had a really long day I’ll drop everything to spend a few hours learning new phrases in some random language.

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
Yes, indeed I have. I went to Costa Rica for two months with an RCAH run study abroad program called Ethics of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, which was seriously fantastic. I highly recommend it.