Rebecca Reagan: The Worldly Girl
She lived in four different countries, was part of two successful political campaigns, and is now studying international politics in Wales.
"THE BIGGEST FEAR IS THE FEAR OF FAILURE"
I was born in Norway to two American parents who raised my siblings and me in a small town in Norway. The first time I traveled without my parents was a short two-week exchange to Spain when I was 16. I went on to live in India for five months, two years in California, and five months in Nepal. Now, I'm living in Wales for my master's degree.
Before all of this, you were an assistant store manager, hair model, and active in sports among other things. When did you become interested in politics?
Funny enough, I wasn’t the typical politically engaged student in high school and envisioned a very different career path, even though I’ve always been interested in politics. After high school, I traveled to India, where I studied religion. I realized then that the political aspect of society interested me the most. When I returned to Norway, I applied for college to study political science.
How did you become politically active?
I got into doing political campaigns. It was a combination of luck, putting myself out there and other people taking a chance on me. In the summer of 2016, I moved back to Berkeley and applied to intern for Jesse Arreguin's mayoral campaign. A few weeks into the race the field manager had to leave the campaign and a position opened up. In a meeting with the rest of the team and the candidate, we discussed who would have the time and motivation to take over some of the field manager's tasks. I volunteered, with the backing of the other team members. It was the start of the most challenging and rewarding months of my life.
Above she wears the 4-way stretch pants.
"I LEARNED THE MOST WHEN I FAILED."
Each step required you to step out of your comfort zone. How did you manage the fear or apprehension that so many of us have?
When it comes to traveling to India or the US, the desire for adventure outweighed the fear. In later years, I'd routinely envision the (realistic) worst scenarios and what I'd do in that situation, which usually resulted in realizing there’s nothing I can’t fix or handle. The biggest fear is the fear of failure, which is a lot harder to get over—I still struggle with that. I've learned to focus on my strengths and accept that I can’t be good at everything. Looking back at those moments, I learned the most when I failed.
She is wearing the long fur-free coat.
Part II | November 1, 2018