"Coming to Randolph as a sophomore drastically changed my life. I saw not only an opportunity to achieve my best in all areas but to step out of the comfort zone I was stuck in," says Rhett '19, one of four seniors chosen to serve as Head Ambassador among a corps of student volunteers eager to welcome visitors and prospective families to Randolph.
Why did you choose to be a part of the Ambassador program?
As a new student at Randolph, some of the students who made the greatest impression on me were those in the Student Ambassador program. Along with their help and encouragement, I was able to have an unforgettable first year at Randolph by getting involved in Student Government, Youth Leadership Council, and much more. It all starts with students and faculty of the Randolph family. It was like a calling, telling me to be a part of this great program. I want families to know that sending their kids to Randolph may seem like a reach but it is worth every penny. In my two years I have been at Randolph, I have grown more as a person than I had in my many years before the move, thanks to those around me every day. I have felt a deeper appreciation of Randolph, and I can’t wait to express it to families who are considering joining the Randolph family.
Above: Rhett on the Ecuador Interim Trip, Spring 2018.
What is something you love about Randolph?
I love the relationships Randolph offers, especially with the faculty. Over my past two years at Randolph, I have gotten to know many of the staff personally. The faculty here can’t be beat. They motivate me through my daily routine or if I just need someone to talk to. Every morning, I look forward to walking in the Commons and seeing our great dining staff. Whether it's talking to Jeremy every morning about everything sports, including Auburn football, to last Friday’s game or Mrs. Karen asking me how my weekend went and telling me, “I cooked you some cheese eggs!”— If you haven’t tried them, I highly encourage you to! They are the best! Then, as the day goes on, I love how the teachers never fail to put me in a good mood. I may be going to Mrs. McMichens, devastated and loaded with questions from last night’s AP Chem WebAssign, or receiving motivation to ace a test from Mrs. Andrada, or just having a bit of banter with Mr. Leise. It’s the little things like these that make me love going to school every day. The relationships Randolph offers to me are beyond compare.
What are three places on campus you'd want to show a prospective family?
The Thurber Arts Center
If I had to choose only three, I’d begin with the Thurber Arts Center, because of all it has to offer. Theatre Randolph, the band program, and the choir program are unparalleled. The amount of talent they produce is amazing. I can’t forget about Community Time in the auditorium every Monday, where we receive a dose of motivation, weekly news, and are inspired by many great guests who come to talk to us.
The Shields-Jones Athletic Complex
The second place I’d take them is the gym. Whether you go for a quick workout session with Coach Gaunt or a game of pickup basketball with your friends.
Finally, and one of my most favorite spots on campus is the library. The library is a great place to go if you need a quiet place to read, do your homework, or find research for the famous Junior Year I-Search project with help from our librarian [Dean of Student Research and Library Resources] Mrs. Kuhn. And one of the best spots is the couch in front of the huge window overlooking the Commons lawn, the football field, and the huge farm behind Randolph. It’s a great place to sit to relieve stress and watch the cows! By taking families through the library, they get a picture of where students choose to go during their free time to finish homework or study for tests.
What is your Randolph story?
My Randolph story began my freshman year when I decided to shadow a student at Randolph School, a school that had caught my eye ever since middle school. The day I shadowed, I followed a student around to his classes and got to see what life was like being a student at Randolph. It was very eye-opening. I saw how hard each and every one of the students worked. I saw a different drive in all the students compared to those at my previous school. I knew this place was for me. I wanted a challenge, a new start, and great education.
My first day was a roller coaster of emotions. I was extremely excited, extremely nervous, and extremely ready to start a new chapter in my life. As I was walking in, I anxiously asked myself, “Who am I going to sit with at lunch? Where’s my first class?” and “Are my teachers good?” But the moment I walked in, all the nervousness went away as people came up to me and introduced themselves and showed me around. My teachers were just as eager to meet me as my peers. I knew at that moment this was going to be a great year.
Throughout my first year at Randolph, I met many new people, grew close to those I vaguely knew from years before, and most importantly, conquered many academic hurdles that came my way. I got involved in Student Government and the Youth Leadership Council. With my love for Randolph growing each and every day, I decided to get even more involved. Now, heading into my senior year, I’m the Student Government Treasurer, a Head Ambassador, and most importantly, a changed person. I feel like I have been at Randolph since kindergarten.
Favorite school tradition?
The seniors running through the halls at the end of every year is by far my favorite school tradition. Every year, right at 3:10 p.m., on their last day of school, the graduating seniors sprint through the halls. They go wild. Sometimes with confetti, shakers, and music. All the other classes gather in the hallways and cheer them on as they start a new chapter in their lives. They are literally “running out” of senior year. It's a blast to watch, and I can’t believe it will finally be my time to run through those hallways in May.
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