Rachael Ryan is the top-performing student this year in the Philosophy Department. She served as the Philosophy Club President, and as our department's student worker. Her passion for philosophy shines through the work she has done in each of her classes; this includes a long-standing interest in existentialism, engagements with Ethics and Epistemology and other topics.
For her senior project, she excavated the work of Albert Camus and the threat of meaninglessness. She engaged in deep readings of many of Camus' key writings, including novels and short stories, and provided analysis regarding how each represents a possible lifestyle in an absurd world. Ultimately, Rachael believes that community is the way out of meaninglessness. It’s no surprise, then, that Rachael was a pleasure to work with and engaged each of the faculty members in the department, learning from each of us, and us from her.
Rachael's post-graduate plans include the desire to pursue philosophy at the master's level, and perhaps beyond.