What if someone were to tell you that you would become the next winner of “The Voice?” Or get accepted to compete on “The Amazing Race?” While these things may seem far beyond our reach, alumna Rachel Tchen is changing the way we think about life after graduation. This 2014 Harding graduate was chosen to be one of the 28 contestants on ABC’s 20th season of “The Bachelor.”
Tchen’s appearance on this hit reality TV show has many students asking how this Little Rock, Arkansas, local from a small Christian college got accepted out of the hundreds of women that applied. According to alumna Kinzie Morris, a friend of Tchen’s, one of their mutual friends submitted Tchen’s application.
“There was a group of 11 or so of us that used to always watch ‘The Bachelor’ together all throughout college,” Morris said. “We always used to joke with Rachel about signing her up and then one day, someone actually did it.”
Senior Erin Davis became friends with Tchen through her older sister and alumni, Emily Davis. After graduation, Emily Davis and Tchen both accepted jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas, and became roommates. Erin Davis said she has been able to spend lots of time with Tchen because her sister brings her around the family so often.
“It always surprises me when I see her face (on TV),” Erin Davis said. “I kind of like freak out for a second,”
Tchen’s “little sister” in Ju Go Ju, junior Amy Davis, said that Tchen is her “claim to fame” right now, and that she loves bragging about it to everyone she knows.
“She was the best big there ever was,” Amy Davis said. “I just want everyone to know how great she is and that she’s not just another pretty face.”
According to Amy Davis, the biggest reason for watching this season of “The Bachelor” is to support Tchen.
“It’s just really fun seeing a down-to-earth, awesome, hilarious, cool girl that I know on there,” Amy Davis said. “Everyone should get to meet Rachel Tchen.”
Keep up with Harding’s very own bachelorette, Rachel Tchen. “The Bachelor” airs on ABC every Monday at 7p.m. CDT.