Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Rachel Terrill graduated from Samford University in 2018 with a double major in psychology and sociology.  During her time at Samford, she led a weekly small group and spent a semester studying abroad in London, England. After serving with Impact, Rachel plans to attend graduate school for forensic psychology.

What do you like to do for fun?
In my free time, I love to travel. It has always been a passion of mine. I am also an avid reader and enjoy doing puzzles. I like to spend my weekends in the fall watching football and I love to cook whenever I can.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
While I spent a semester studying abroad in London, I took a trip to Northern Ireland and Ireland. The countries were absolutely beautiful and I especially loved the cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway. The rugged landscape was something I had never experienced before and the people were so kind and generous. This trip was so special to me because it was the first time I had ever traveled alone. I learned so much on that trip about what I was capable of and what I could do — it was an incredible experience.

Who is someone you admire and why?
I have always admired my grandmother for her work ethic and tenacity. She grew up in a very poor and rural area of Kentucky, but moved to Louisville in high school, where she graduated top of her class. ¬†However, when she married my grandfather, she gave up finishing her degree to start a family. She has four amazing children who she and my grandfather always encouraged to get an education and who have all grown up to be kind and successful people. After her fourth child went to college, my grandmother went back to school and finished her degree. She spent the remainder of her working years as a social worker, helping elderly individuals find in-home care and appropriate care facilities when they could no longer do so themselves. She has always inspired me to work hard and never give up on my dreams. Because of her, I learned that it’s never too late to accomplish my goals.