Environmentalist and explorer
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“MIT has given me more opportunities than I could have imagined as a prefrosh. ... I've traveled to new places and met new people that I wouldn't otherwise have had the opportunity to.”
—Elizbeth Rider, Class of 2017
11 April, 2017
Rider studied German in high school and decided to go Europe and use what she’d learned. She needed “an exploration — I wanted to get out of Pennsylvania, and I wanted to get out of the U.S. I wanted to see new things.”
Rider traveled to Germany with the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) nearly every year she was at MIT. It started with a German class in Berlin during Independent Activities Period; the next year, she participated in the Global Teaching Labs near Lubeck.
By the time she went back to Germany for the third time, Rider was focused on atmospheric chemistry research.