Rachel DeRosa

Environmental Scientist

3157 Limestone Road
Cochranville, PA 19330
610-593-5500

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If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you

Stepping outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself has always been my approach towards improvement and growth.

I entered college as an Environmental Science major, but quickly realized I was equally in love with chemistry. Unable to choose one over the other, and because they both coincidentally fit into my schedule, I added a minor in Chemistry; but what may have started as a coincidence, ended up shaping my interest and future in environmental chemistry, as well as my career path that has led me to BSTI.

After graduation, I spent a year serving with AmeriCorps City Year in Philadelphia, working alongside my 10th grade Biology students to improve their academic, attendance, and social-emotional skills. This opportunity took me as far outside of my comfort zone as I had ever been, but in return, taught me the importance of being patient, perseverant, and dependable, and to keep an open heart and an open mind everywhere I go and in everything I do.

After City Year, I spent some time working in an Environmental Chemistry lab, where I gained a strong understanding of the chemistry in our environment, as well as the analyses used to study it. In my current position, I am excited to take on new challenges each day that will allow me to grow and improve as an Environmental Scientist.

When I am not working, I can most likely be found going for a run outside or hiking with friends. When Mother Nature is not on my side, however, I am usually inside baking new desserts or curled up on the couch with my dog, Molly, and my cat, Cooper.

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