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Rachael Schmidt is a staff columnist at The Herald. A senior hailing from San Francisco, California, she is still not used to the snow despite living on the East Coast for almost four years now. She is a biology concentrator with a focus on physiology and biotechnology and writes columns about the STEM scene at Brown and beyond.

Articles by Rachael Schmidt (16)

Schmidt ’21: STEM students can still find research opportunities during the pandemic

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: STEM students can still find research opportunities during the pandemic

September 21, 2020 0 comments

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the healthcare system, the job market and the simple ability to conduct activities that once took place in person.

Schmidt ’21: The coronavirus is the great equalizer of science

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: The coronavirus is the great equalizer of science

April 8, 2020 0 comments

At the forefront of everyone’s minds right now is the ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic. What started as a faraway problem in January in some people’s minds has shaped up to be a global health crisis with both immediate and long-term consequences.

Schmidt ’21: The U.S. healthcare system is a failure, and the coronavirus proves it

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: The U.S. healthcare system is a failure, and the coronavirus proves it

March 13, 2020 2 comments

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has quickly developed into a global pandemic of catastrophic proportions. The virus is said to cause mild to moderate flu-like symptoms in most cases, resulting in severe respiratory illness in particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

Schmidt ’21: How introverts can thrive at Brown

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: How introverts can thrive at Brown

February 27, 2020 0 comments

The social environment at Ivy League universities and other top colleges is one where extroverts typically thrive. First off, the admissions process necessarily selects for students who are comfortable sharing personal details about their lives for strangers to evaluate,

Schmidt ’21: I Just Got Rejected From an Internship. Now What?

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: I Just Got Rejected From an Internship. Now What?

February 11, 2020 0 comments

The internship and summer opportunity application seasons are now in full swing. Students are either hearing back from employers that they applied to in the fall or still working diligently on finding the perfect way to spend the summer.

Schmidt ’21: University student organizations have room to be more inclusive

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: University student organizations have room to be more inclusive

January 29, 2020 0 comments

For people who have had plenty of success in high school, from college applications to scholarships, rejection from a student group can be a shock — especially in their first semesters at Brown. It might be surprising to learn that not all student groups at Brown are open to everyone. […]

Schmidt ’21: Brown concentrations should incorporate ethics into their curricula

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Brown concentrations should incorporate ethics into their curricula

November 3, 2019 0 comments

Last year, I wrote a column in The Herald on why students who are concentrating in computer science and are planning to enter the tech industry should be cognizant of the harm that the industry is inflicting on cities such as San Francisco. As a native of San Francisco, I take this issue to heart.

Schmidt ’21: Professors should stop scheduling exams at night

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Professors should stop scheduling exams at night

October 10, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Nothing is worse than a night exam. Many classes, especially large lectures in STEM fields, schedule exams late in the evening. At their worst, these exams can span from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schmidt ’21: Pre-med students should take social sciences classes

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Pre-med students should take social sciences classes

September 27, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Pre-med students coming into Brown often have their class list already mapped out for the next four years.

Schmidt ’21: How to make orientation introvert-friendly

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: How to make orientation introvert-friendly

September 8, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Brown orientation provides an opportunity for new students to meet each other and to explore the myriad of social and extracurricular opportunities Brown has to offer.