CAS Corps Feature: Rachel Goehner

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Corps are chosen to serve as representatives to all constituents of CAS and to create, promote and execute opportunities for academic and professional growth. These students represent a variety of departments from across CAS and will represent the College at events through interaction among current students, future students, parents, donors and alumni.

Throughout the year, we will be introducing new students representing the College in the 2023-24 academic year through a question and answer format. For more about the CAS Corps, visit:

Rachel Goehner

Year: Junior
Major: Global Studies (Global Health)
Hometown: Rockingham, V.A.

Which clubs or organizations are you a member of?

  • Honors College

  • Honors Vanguard

  • Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

What scholarship(s) have you received from Appalachian or while studying at Appalachian?

  • Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Lee H. McCaskey Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence

What research or coursework have you been most passionate about?

"I currently work as a Research Assistant for Dr. Kelly Renwick, on a project titled 'Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes among the Latinx Population of the High Country' and I have loved this project!"

Which location(s) do you hope to visit for an internship, a study abroad trip, a research experience, or just for fun?

"I just returned from a summer study abroad program in Lima, Peru, and it was wonderful! Other places I'd like to visit include Banff, Canada; Antigua, Guatemala; Italy, Scotland, and Iceland!"

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

"My favorite place on campus is the Solarium. I love the natural light, greenery, water sounds, and the occasional soft piano playing in the background."

What is one of your favorite memories at Appalachian thus far?

"Almost all of my favorite memories at Appalachian include either football games or sunrises! I love the game day atmosphere, and my favorite spot to watch the sunrise is at the Grandview Overlook on the Parkway."

What do you like about Boone and the surrounding community?

"My favorite thing about Boone is the scenery! The mountain views are what first drew me to Appalachian State, and they continue to amaze me every day."

What are your hobbies?

"I love to spend time outside, whether hiking, kayaking, playing spikeball, or just relaxing in a hammock. I also love to watercolor, cook, drink coffee, and spend time with friends!"

What is your favorite book, podcast, artist, and/or television show?

"My favorite book is 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and my favorite music artists are Thomas Rhett, Tyler Childers, Caamp, and the National Parks!"

Tell us about one faculty or staff member that has made an impact on your life and how.

"Dr. Kelly Renwick has mentored me throughout my degree, as well as allowing me to assist her in the research project I mentioned above. She is hardworking and diligent, and she has taught me what it looks like to pursue something even if it feels out of reach to begin with."

What do you feel has been valuable in your education at Appalachian versus another institution?

"My education at Appalachian has been robust, well-rounded, and personal. I have individual relationships with many of my professors, and I have had the opportunity to focus many of my classes on my specific academic and career goals, while also being challenged in my perspective."

What do you hope to do after graduation?

"I hope to first pursue my Spanish-English medical interpreter's licensure to one day live and work in the healthcare field in a Spanish-speaking population."


About the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in four program areas: Appalachian studies; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; global studies; and interdisciplinary studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement through a cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at

Compiled by Lauren Gibbs
January 26, 2024

CAS Corps member Rachel Goehner is a junior global studies major from Rockingham, Virginia. Photo submitted.
Published: Jan 26, 2024 9:25am