Lydia Zajichek

is a Rise Wisconsin & Social Media Fellow and starting her second year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Landscape and Urban Studies. She hoped that the notion of equal and equitable access for all would be eroded before she attended college. She found solace in the idea that colleges would no longer argue that students should be ready for college, but instead, colleges would be ready for students—ready for us. She was a poll worker in the 2020 election cycle. Lydia enjoys skiing, hiking, running, and gardening.