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Rachel Ngo, Sports Medicine

Rachel NgoRachel Ngo (Wiess '18) is double majoring in Kinesiology Sport Medicine and Spanish & Portuguese.  During her time at Rice, she has been able to balance academics with several extracurricular activities.

Beginning her freshman year, Rachel was involved in Camp Kesem, the only national non-profit organization that addresses the needs of children affected by their parent's cancer.  She was a member of the Outreach Committee, where writing newsletter articles, recruiting new campers, and organizing events for camper families were among some of her responsibilities.  Due to her passion and dedication, she was also able to become a counselor for Camp Kesem Rice 2016, which was a week-long camp planned, funded, and organized by Rice students.  Although the camp accommodates kids ages 6-16, Rachel worked with children ages 6-9, facilitating a safe and fun environment where the kids can be themselves and grow with the support of fellow campers and counselors.

Additionally, Rachel has done research in collaboration with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) in Spring 2016 to help improve HPARD's Master Plan for Houston parks.  With a small team of Rice students, Rachel helped write and administer a survey that elicited user opinion about Houston parks such that HPARD would have a professional perspective and user perspective on parks.  Throughout the semester, she worked extensively familiarizing herself with park literature, developing the survey and field testing it before finalizing the it, administering the survey to gather data, and analyzing and later presenting the data to HPARD.  

Rachel holds leadership positions as Liturgy Head of the Rice Catholic Student Association, Captain of Wiess Bike Team, and Head PAA (Peer Academic Advisor) at Wiess College.  She is also enjoys being active in IM sports, Rice Vietnamese Student Association, and volunteering outside of Rice such as at the NCAA Final Four in Spring 2016.  She is planning to attend medical school after her time at Rice.  Despite her plan of becoming a physician, Rachel enjoys to explore different careers (i.e. sport industry, other health professions), foreign cultures, and service opportunities to enhance her learning at Rice University and beyond.