Rachel Fitzsimmons


Graduation Year – May 2025

Hometown – Ellicott City, MD

What is your major(s) and minor(s)? – Majors: Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Biology; Neuroscience. Minor: Leadership Studies

What are your educational and/or career goals? How do you see your participation in the Bonner program relating to them? – I hope to graduate from CNU and attend medical school in the future.

What is your service site and service track(s)? – Riverside Regional Medical Center; Health Related

Other than Bonner and your service site, what organizations are you involved with (on and/or off campus)? –Ferguson Fellows, PreMed scholars, Undergraduate Research, Emergency Medical Technician

Why did you want to become a Bonner Service Scholar? – To learn about and help my new community. 

What is your favorite experience that the Bonner Program has given you? The freshmen pilgrimage. It was great getting to know my new cohort and bonding with them.

What advice would you give to a new Bonner to help them get the most out of the program? – Reach out to your peers! We’re happy to help you in any way.

What have you learned about yourself from being a Bonner? – I learned I enjoy being a follower when it comes to service projects. Of course, I enjoy creating my own but it’s great to just reach out and help others that need it.

What do you think your role is in creating social change? What do you see yourself doing in the future to further your role? –My role is to listen to my community and help using whatever skills I have to offer. I will continue to personally grow and as I do so, I will volunteer and give back.

What are your hobbies and/or interests (outside of academics and Bonner)? – I love reading and going on hikes.

List your favorite: book, movie, musician/band, food, and quote – Book: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; Movie: Clue; Musician/Band: RKS; Food: blueberries

Share a fun fact – I am allergic to water