Senior Spotlight: Virginia Saft ’18

Posted by Rebecca Moore - 04 May, 2018

Virginia-SamuelEach senior class is made up of students with diverse interests and talents. The School has left its mark on them and they on it. In the little time we have left together, we'd like to offer some portraits of our seniors, to show how they have benefited from their time at Randolph and are prepared for what's next.

Tell me about your first day at Randolph.

I came to Randolph in the 4th grade. It was a big change for me, as I transitioned from an international school, the American School in London, to a school in America. I remember my class reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on the first day, and I just tried to mouth the words to keep up. I was able to attend the Friendship summer camp at Randolph before I began and met my friend, Sophie. I never felt lonely and everyone in my class was friendly, but it was nice to see a familiar face on the first day.

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What extracurricular activities have you been involved in?

Model UN, cross-country, track, tennis, Garden Club. I have been a Student Ambassador since 7th grade. Outside of school, I am involved with Merrimack Hall and the Cap and Gown Project, based at Jemison High School. Through RAP and in middle school, I played soccer, volleyball, was on the swim team, and swam with HSA.

What has been your hardest class or toughest challenge at Randolph?

Latin. The way that I learn best is not the way you traditionally learn Latin. Even though I was genuinely interested in the content, I had to work really hard to grasp the material.

What has the Honor Code meant to you?

I am proud of it! I give tours of campus as a Student Ambassador. I love to talk about the trust that we are given at school. You will see bags and many other personal items lying around campus, and it feels good to know that things are safe, but more than that we are trusted to do the right thing, whether it’s having senior privileges, which means we can leave school when we have frees, or pledging to adhere to the Honor Code that everyone signs at the beginning of 9th grade. I know I feel proud of assignments that I turn in because I have put in the time and effort to produce quality work.

Favorite Randolph memory?

I shadowed Dr. O'Hare last Interim in the emergency room at Huntsville Hospital and discovered my interest in psychiatric patients. This led to an internship/volunteering position last summer and has helped me choose a potential major in college and an idea of the kind of work I'd like to do.

On location - 5238644Virginia was interviewed for a School video about Interim after her last shift of shadowing an emergency room physician. 

Where can you be found during your free periods?

In the library or one of the art classrooms.

What have you discovered about yourself during the college search process?

I am much more open to things than I thought I was. I was limiting myself, and Mr. Allen encouraged me to look outside my comfort zone. I actually chose a school I would have never considered on my own.

What do you think people should know about Randolph?

The teachers really care about us! Mrs. Lawson's AP Euro class is a really good example. It's a small class full of students who really want to learn. We are allowed to get off topic and go on tangents because they always lead us back to history in some way or another. I've learned a ton in her class. She always has cool things from different parts of the world, like candles from different countries and historically significant books. 

Favorite school tradition?

I love the Kindergarten/Senior Buddy program. It was one of the things I most looked forward to about senior year. My friend, Annie, and I went trick or treating with our Kindergarten buddy, and we have enjoyed getting to know him. He loves snakes. He got a real one for Christmas and had a huge cobra kite for Kite Day. (Click here to watch a video of this year's Kite Day.)

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Topics: college counseling, community service, leadership, Senior Buddies, Kindergarten/Senior Buddies, Seniors

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