GOSHEN — Malachi Randolph grew up in Goshen and attends Ball State University. He’s doing an internship at Chico’s FAS, a retail women’s chain in Fort Myers, Fla., for the summer.
What do you like about Goshen?
“You know, Goshen really is a nice little town. The downtown area is very nice, and the surrounding schools are some of the better ones in the state. I love sports, and I always remember high school teams from Fairfield, Goshen, NorthWood and Northridge competing at the state level. My favorite thing, though, has to be the people. I’ve traveled all over the world and have yet to find people as kind or hard-working as those in Goshen. We’ve all been through a lot due to the recession, but it didn’t kill us. People rebounded to find new positions and opportunities, and I think that really says something for a city like Goshen. I could see myself growing old there.”
What are your future plans with your major in International Business?
“My initial goal is to manage marketing for an international fashion house — Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Kenneth Cole. I like the fast-paced environment that retail provides and the psychology that goes into marketing. Fashion is an industry that I love because it’s so focused on people and lifestyle. I’ve always been amused by the arts but have never been talented enough to participate. Fashion marketing is channeling something that’s so artistic, so beautiful to the public in a clear, clean, and concise way and I love everything about that.”
Describe your involvement with the Student Government Association and Student-Alumni Relations team at Ball State University.
“I am the current president of the Student Government Association, which means I deal with a variety of things. I lead my organization’s 50-plus members, direct our $100,000 budget, and make decisions that affect the entire student body. My own executive board is responsible for carrying out a platform which promises focus on issues such as increased safety, better programming, and more scholarships for study abroad. I love my job because I am constantly tested on leadership, an area of my life that truly needs work. It’s a great opportunity for me to develop invaluable skills in real-life settings.
My position within the Student-Alumni Relations team is much less formal. We are largely responsible for alumni programming at our Alumni Center. Pre-game football rallies, class homecomings, and University awards ceremonies are among events with which we assist. I love everything about a classy event, so this really appeals to my professional side, and it allows me to meet and make connections with some amazing personalities.”