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.”
How did you get involved and why? Is it connected with your major?
“When I came to Ball State, I planned on playing volleyball. At that time, sports were my life, and I couldn’t imagine focusing on anything else. For various reasons, I was unable to play. At first it was really hard. I was a bit confused by my life — all my goals that I had worked so hard to accomplish were suddenly gone. I decided to distract myself by focusing more on my career path. I picked up a couple majors and a minor, began to get involved in beneficial organizations, and really found my niche with networking. God opened some doors for me with successful Ball State alumni, and I began to meet some awesome people — celebrities, CEOs, even politicians. Being involved with the Student-Alumni Relations Team has allowed me to learn from faculty and alumni while also helping out my school.
What were you involved with in Goshen before college?
Many, many things. My parents being very busy and involved in the community provoked the same in me. I was on conference-, sectional-, and regional-winning tennis teams at Fairfield. I helped coach the Fairfield girls volleyball team to state championship appearances. I ran a local volleyball camp for 75 to 100 high school girls for a few years. I was a ten-year member and club president of 4-H.
A lot of people ask how I manage so many things in my life or why I choose to be so busy. I get it from my mom. In high school, being involved in a lot actually helped me to be more productive. I remember getting better grades during tennis season because I would go home every night after practices or matches, eat, shower, do my homework, and go to bed. It was a system. When I have too much time available, my procrastination gets the best of me.
In college, I’ve learned to be more involved in activities that make a difference. I think people too often underestimate the things they can do in life and the difference they can make in the world. I usually overestimate and push myself to my limits, because it’s only then that I know I’ve reached my full potential. Sometimes it gets ugly, and I fall flat on my face out of stress, but a full life is a rewarding one.
I love traveling more than anything. Last summer, I traveled to China, Spain, Morocco, France, and Switzerland by myself. I’ve been to many cities, most countries in Central America, and I have plans to visit Brazil and India this coming semester. It surprises me that in most places I go, they know about Goshen. I’m not sure why or how, but I think it’s kind of cool. For me, traveling alone is my chance to literally broaden my horizons and reemphasize my “smallness” in comparison to the vast space and beauty of this world. Sometimes I can get pretty self-absorbed, thinking I’m a pretty big deal. But when I witness the grandeur of the outside world, I begin to think I’m not that big of a deal after all. And I’m inspired.”