By Tiago Genoveze
BROOKLINE—Before the 20-year-old Chelsea Rice has time to introduce herself, she says, “I’ve lived out of my backpack today.” Not surprising considering her load balancing her studies in print journalism at Boston University, a part-time job and a magazine internship; except, however, for the smile on her face and her relaxed disposition.
Rice’s sister, Sonya, said, “Chelsea has always known her goals, she’s a hard worker...and she takes advantage of opportunities.”
While many seniors in college have no idea what they want to do with their lives, Chelsea Rice knew what she wanted to do in middle school. She wanted to be a writer.
Rice lived her whole life in Athens, GA, her father’s hometown; but, her life as an international traveler began at the age of 12 visiting her mother’s family in England.
In the eighth grade Rice was enrolled at the Athens Academy, a college preparatory high school in Athens. The Academy gave Rice the opportunity of living and studying in Frankfurt, Germany for two weeks as well as visiting several cities in Italy.
Today, Rice minors in International Relations and dreams of working as a foreign correspondent for Vanity Fair or Slate magazine. Rice’s travels abroad have inspired her to: travel to write and write to travel. She is also concentrating in Italian with the hope that she might one day work in Italy, along with many other countries she hopes to live in over her life.
According to Rice’s roommate from her freshman year, Caitlin Cox, Rice is extremely sweet and driven. “Her qualities,” Cox said, “are qualities that you won’t find anywhere else.”