Meet Rachel: VP: Student Services Waterloo

Rachel Bishop


Students’ Union Role:
Vice President of Student Services in Waterloo


What city/town were you born in?
I was born in Edmonton, Alberta


What year were you born?
I was born in 1998


What I’m taking at Laurier/year:
I just graduated from geography and environmental studies


How many siblings do you have?
I have a little sister named Isobel who’s coming to Laurier in the Fall, I have a half-brother who just turned 7, two stepbrothers, and a stepsister who goes to Laurier Brantford. So lots of Golden Hawks in the family!


Do you have any pets?
We have a cat named Tucker


Where would we most likely find you on a weekend (pre-pandemic)?
Pre-pandemic I was still in school so on weekends I was probably doing schoolwork or busy with First Year Project because I was the coordinator for that. If I was not doing either of those things I was probably hanging out with my friends


At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
My first thought was a camping store like Mountain Equipment Co-op but realistically I’d probably max it out at H&M because I can’t resist the lures of capitalism!


Choose a movie title for the story of your life:
This stumped me so I am just going to cheat and say Rachel Bishop vs. the World


What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My Nintendo DS. I played a lot of Animal Crossing and a lot of Mario Kart


Can you play any instruments?
I can play the Ukulele but not very well and I can play the guitar very badly but I can play the Guitar Hero Wii guitar very well


What is the oldest thing in your refrigerator?
I’m home now but back at my student house in Waterloo there is a Costco bag of POGOs in my freezer that I have been working on since September 2019!


What is your favorite cereal?
Mini-Wheats which is a lame answer but I buy them all the time


Secret skills:
I’ve flown a plane and although I’m kind of afraid of heights, I’m certified as a climbing wall/high ropes instructor


What was your childhood nickname?
Ray-Ray which I came up with myself and instructed people to call me


Do you have any phobias?:
Fish but specifically being in dark water and not knowing if there is a trout or something under my feet!


One thing on your bucket list?
Visit Nepal and see the Himalayas


What is the first thing you would buy if you won a million dollars?
I would either travel (once we are allowed to do that) or I would buy a cottage


How do you act when stressed?
I asked my sister this question and she said when I’m in control of the situation, stress makes me a better leader which is a great answer but honestly the rest of the time I can get overwhelmed or frustrated


What is the first thing that you will do in post-quarantine life?
See my friends! I really want to go on a camping trip so I’m hoping that we will still be able to do that in small groups maybe at the end of the summer


Come talk to me about (something you’re passionate about):
You can come talk to me about music, politics, camp (I’m really involved with my camp) or anything like that!


Get to know Rachel and the rest of the team in video form here: