Our Student Ambassadors play an important role in the life of the School as they welcome visitors and prospective families to Randolph. Starting in 7th grade, students can apply to work with our Admissions Office as Ambassadors. Ambassadors serve as hosts for prospective student visit days and at campus events throughout the year. Families considering Randolph tell us how much they enjoy meeting them, and we are grateful to the Ambassadors for all they do to represent our School. Four seniors will serve as Head Ambassadors. We asked them to tell us why they wanted to fill this role and what they value most about Randolph. Here is what David '19, a Randolph lifer, has to say.
Why did you choose to be a part of the Ambassador program?
I chose to be an ambassador because I get to help the school that I love, while also bettering myself by discovering different perspectives and refining my social skills during tours and events.
What is something you love about Randolph?
An aspect in the life of a Randolph student that I appreciate, which those not affiliated with the School may not know about, is the Honor Code and also the Honor Council. The Code makes Randolph a special place because it fosters a community of trust. We trust that other students and faculty members will work to make Randolph the best learning environment possible. I also love the way Randolph handles it when there is an infraction of the Code. Instead of being sent to the principal’s office for a punitive lecture, students have the opportunity to go to the student-run Honor Council, where their peers give constructive criticism on how to avoid similar situations in the future. Randolph’s honor system is able to teach integrity and honesty, which are both essential in college classes and in life after college.
What three places on campus would you most want to show a prospective family?
Randolph is able to mold its students into well-rounded individuals through its three “pillars:” the arts, athletics, and academics. Each pillar is a major part of the Randolph experience, so I would want to show a prospective family the Thurber Arts Center, the gymnasium, and the library to represent each of these aspects. In addition, these are some of the most visually appealing places on campus, and each location has people who are passionate about their jobs and would be happy to talk with prospective families about how their pillar is incorporated into students’ daily lives.
What's your Randolph story?
I have been at Randolph ever since kindergarten. My parents decided to enroll me because of the challenging curriculum and the personal relationships that are formed with others. While I do not remember my first day at Randolph specifically, it is the seemingly small moments that stand out in my mind: gluing exactly 100 pieces of cereal on a paper hat to wear for the 100th day of school, sitting around a circular rug where we attentively listened to classmates’ stories about their lives outside of school. These memories may seem trivial at first, but after a closer analysis, I have determined that they are what has made my Randolph experience so special. Every school teaches material and holds meetings, but even in kindergarten, Randolph is able to make learning complex concepts fun with challenges like making a cereal hat and forming strong bonds within its student body through activities like “circle time.”
My favorite school tradition is Convocation. Every August, the seniors lead their kindergarten buddies into the Knight-Lowe Gym on the Drake campus to flashing cameras and sentimental music. This marks the beginning of the kindergarten class’ Randolph career. Similarly, every May, the kindergartners lead their senior buddies out of the Shields-Jones Athletic Complex on the Garth campus to the same camera flashes and music, officially ending their Randolph journeys. The fact that the youngest people in the School can form close, personal bonds with the oldest people shows the tight-knit nature of our student body. Convocation is my favorite tradition because brings each student’s personal Randolph experience full-circle, while also bringing the Randolph community together as a whole.