Rachel Anstaett is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in leadership studies. Anstaett said that she chose this major because she wanted to work to make pets healthier, but knew being a vet was not for her.
“Growing up I wanted to be a vet, but after shadowing a vet for a summer, I knew it was not for me,” Anstaett said. “My friend’s mom worked with process engineers at Hill’s Petfood, and after my high school physics teacher encouraged me to look into engineering, I went into chemical engineering.”
Anstaett said that after graduating, she would like to do process engineering anywhere that will hire her, but would prefer to work for a pet food company.
Outside of being a member of Theta, Anstaett gives tours to prospective students and parents, helps with other events around campus like blood drives, and is an engineering ambassador.
“Being an ambassador for the college of engineering has helped me with so much,” Anstaett said. “I get to meet a lot of other students who are as nerdy as I am and they gave me a gift card for having the best Halloween costume out of all of the ambassadors.”
Anstaett said that being an ambassador has also helped her with her public speaking skills that set her apart when she is interviewing for internships and jobs.
“I also love being able to recruit new students to K-State because this is the best college in America,” Anstaett said.
Anstaett said that someone who has positively impacted her college experience is Katie Nelson.
“She rocks and has helped me pass ChemE classes,” Anstaett said. “Also, I made her take every class with me this semester.”
Anstaett said that she chose Theta because she felt like she had an instant connection with the girls she talked to.
“The biggest thing for me going through recruitment was to find a house that I thought would push me to be my best self, and after my first coffee date with some of the girls, I knew that this was the house for me,” Anstaett said. “Theta has given me such a great support system. I know I have avoided a lot of mental breakdowns and stress just because I always have someone to talk to.”