En Garde.

Rachel (front) pursues an opponent
on the stripWhen I'm not hitting the books, I am most likely fencing. This year marks my fourth year as a member of the women's saber squad on the University of Florida fencing team.

My teammates and I train roughly 12 hours a week for events we compete in during the year. Because there are so few fencers in the southeast, we travel throughout the continental United States to collegiate and national tournaments. We have window shopped on Rodeo Drive, eaten cheesesteaks in Philadelphia and toasted a watermelon sunset on a mountaintop in New Mexico. Rachel (right) scores a touch in her lesson with UF fencing team head coach 
Bruce Capin

For more information about Florida Fencing, visit the site.

I also enjoy cooking and entertaining. As a college student, I take great pride in preparing delicious meals from odd ingredients left in the pantry at the close of each month. One of the concoctions I am most proud of is canned tuna with tomato sauce and spaghetti. It may sound odd, but it is delicious and takes five minutes to make. I was confident enough to serve it to friends, so you should try it! Currently, I am experimenting with filo dough and making batch upon batch of baklava and spanikopita.

I have learned most of what I know about cooking from my mother but would love to acquire some formal training while in Paris, even if only one lesson.