I'm Rebecca Karel
Ending Diet Culture One Bite at a Time
I am a senior at Northern Arizona University majoring in University Studies with a minor in biology and sociology. Before taking a semester off from college and moving back home from Flagstaff, Arizona for mental health reasons, I was on track to graduate with my bachelor’s in education for general science. Teaching science seemed to be my passion until I was no longer able to pursue it utilizing Northern Arizona University’s online school.
Before moving from Flagstaff I held a 4.0 GPA and was on the Dean’s List for five continuous semesters. The last semester I attended on-campus classes I began to experience the worst my eating disorder has ever been. I sought out help and was unable to find what I needed to recover. I failed my final semester, packed up my apartment, and fled back home to my family.
Once back home I was able to find help for my eating disorder I had struggled with for over ten years. I began working as a full-time employee at a technology and engineering company, Sigma Technologies. I then began classes online with my current major.
I believe failing allowed me to seek my true passion in life, Library Science. I find research to be important and crucial in every aspect of education and learning. As I approach and complete my senior capstone project I am engaging in interdisciplinary studies. I hope to take my capstone learning with me and apply it to the library science field. My professional goal is to become the next director of The Library of Congress. My educational goal is apply my learning to real world experiences.
learning is life-long.
Then and Now.
good to know.
I have experience in lab and field studies ranging from chemistry, biology, ecology, electronics, and astro-biology. I am adherent to OSHA safety and lab safety guidelines. I am proficient in bookkeeping software such as Netsuite, KanTime, and Plex.
I am owner of The Diet Boycotter, a facebook page and website aimed at helping others who are recovering from eating disorders.
From 2016-2017 I was a shift manager at Dunkin’ Donuts in Flagstaff, Arizona. I was in charge of training new and current employees and directing shifts by handling flow and order.
From 2018-2020 I was a front desk receptionist at Sigma Technologies. I practiced light bookkeeping and accounts receivable and accounts payable.
Currently I am an administrative assistant at Homewatch CareGivers specializing in accounts receivable.
I graduated from Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley, Arizona in 2015 with a scholar’s diploma. I was ranked #1 unweighted in my graduating class.
I am currently enrolled at Northern Arizona University majoring in university studies with a minor in biology and sociology. I will be graduating in May of 2020.
In August of 2020 I will be attending the University of Arizona for my masters in library science.
Knowledge is everything
Working in Teams
While student teaching at Northern Arizona University, many lessons had to be co-taught. From co-teaching I have gained essential skills needed to effectively carry out a project in teams of two or more. I am able to communicate effectively by listening first, speaking second.
Creative Problem Solving
As a front desk receptionist at Sigma Technologies I had to learn how to prioritize tasks. For some requests I had to find unconventional solutions to problems in a short period of time. For example, planning an impromptu party with a budget of twenty dollars and finding a rental car after hours.
Working as an accounts receivables specialist at Homewatch CareGivers I have had to learn how to communicate effectively with customers over the age of fifty. I have had to adapt my voice tone and level. I also have learned how to explain situations in a clear and comprehensible manner.
more about me
I am one month away from reaching one year in my Bulimia Nervosa recovery. Finding significance in life is the most important aspect of my recovery. I am able to find peace and love with those who are meaningful in my life by creating positive and nurturing environments. I am fascinated with how my mentality on life is changing and what I can learn from it.
My mental health has sidelined my progress in reaching my goals in the past. I am proud to announce I have been accepted into a graduate program at the University of Arizona for Library Science. I have learned throughout my journey perseverance is key to most anything in life.
I now reside in Tucson, Arizona with my pooch, Jackpot. I am discovering joy in interdisciplinary research, hydroponics, and cooking.