Bio: Rachel Alger

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Learn a little more about our blogger Rachel!

Describe yourself in 100 words.

I am a generally excited person who enjoys many things in life, mainly in the form of pasta. In my 2015 bio, I wrote that my main interests are history, languages, and oxford commas, and that I like bad jokes and good ideas. This is still relevant. I study (mainly) computer science and linguistics at the Australian National University, which has wonderful trees. I have a painfully unrequited love for maths. Things I love that love me back include word puzzles (especially crosswords), cooking, Disney karaoke, shirts with tiny prints on them, and pens with tiny birds on them. I also LOVE learning things, so please tell me all about the things you like!

How old are you/what grade are you in?

I’m 18 years old and in my first year of uni.

What community/town do you live in?

I’m from Port Macquarie, but at the moment (and for a few moments over the next four or five years) I’m in Canberra.

Who is your role model?

My role model is Renee Noble who is generally excellent and runs the Girls’ Programming Network (GPN), which originated in Sydney but is currently spreading right across Australia! GPN is an outreach program running once a term where women teach school-aged girls how to code, as well as provide mentoring and get everyone enthusiastic about computer science and IT. This is super important as we want inclusive immediate and distant futures.

What’s your favourite thing about living in rural Australia?

I like being able to see the stars and constellations without a muggy purple haze of light pollution. Also, regular pollution is not as suffocating as in a city like Sydney. People don’t walk awkwardly slowly in front of you because there’s generally no one walking in front of you, or if there is, you’ve got space to walk around them. Something I like about Port Macquarie in particular is that you can live near the beach, but if you drive twenty minutes inland you get cows.

What do you do to relax/have fun?

I watch Netflix. Or I go for walks, or I nap, or I cook something delicious (which is a bit tricky at the moment considering I don’t have kitchen equipment in my uni room, but this is easily remedied by watching cooking videos), or I do puzzles, or I play games, or I try and do maths which is shamelessly fun.

What’s your favourite TV Show?

My all time favourites are Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones (which are fundamentally the same, except Downton is more verbal slay than literal slay). I also really liked Stranger Things and have a Netflix list which would weigh a lot if Netflix lists could be weighed.

What’s your favourite quote?

I have three!

“What is a weekend?” – Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey

But probably a more useful quote (unless you’re studying post-Edwardian sociolinguistics) is this one from Maya Angelou, which featured on C2C social media – “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

I really like this one too, also from Maya Angelou (who said a lot of good things) – “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

What’s your main goal/ambition right now?

I would like to learn a lot of things at university!

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