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Rachel Dranoff

Rachel Dranoff
Rachel was born and raised in Boston, MA. Her early love of the outdoors was inspired by digging in the garden and scrambling over rocks in the White Mountains. Once she discovered larger landscapes out West, her appetite for adventure and storytelling deepened. Rachel currently splits her time between teaching elementary school art in New England and instructing field courses for NOLS.

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Potential Energy

By Rachel Dranoff on Dec 27, 2016

Potential energy: (noun) Energy that is stored within an object, not in motion but capable of becoming active.

I had been dreaming of doing a NOLS course since age 21, although I didn’t fully realize it at the time. My college boyfriend did a semester in the Pacific Northwest, and I remember exchanging letters and the excitement of being able to talk on the phone when he was back at the base.

Six years later, recovering from the end of our relationship, I found myself in the Pacific Northwest about to embark on a NOLS adventure of my own.

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Topics: Live the Dream

22 Ways You Know You’re a NOLSie

By Rachel Dranoff on Nov 8, 2016

Reflections on returning to society after a NOLS course…

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Topics: Behind the Scenes