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Meet our Gold Key Guides: Rikki Carretta ’19

Rikki Carretta '19 next to the Odd Tree on front campus

Rikki Carretta ’19 next to the Odd Tree on front campus

Randolph College is excited to host prospective students and their families in a series of open houses this spring. The full schedule is available at, and personalized visits may be scheduled through our visit app or by emailing

In preparation for the big day, we’d like to introduce you to some of our Gold Key Tour Guides—the students who will show you around campus and answer your questions about the Randolph experience.

Rikki Carretta ’19 is a sport and exercise studies major from Virginia Beach, Va. She is also a resident assistant and a member of her class and judiciary boards. We asked her a few questions about her Randolph experience so far:

What’s your favorite thing about Randolph?

“I love the sense of community around Randolph and the small class sizes. I also enjoy all of the different opportunities that are offered! I’ve been part of our class board, judiciary board, and the Emerging Leaders and Advanced Leaders programs. I’m also a resident assistant, have studied abroad for a year, played volleyball for a semester, was a committee chair for Senior Dinner Dance, and am participating for a semester on the equestrian team! I’ve grown immensely as a person/individual because of all of the opportunities that Randolph has had to offer me.”

What’s your favorite place or thing on campus to show prospective students?

“I really enjoy talking to students about our campus traditions (I’m an Odd!) and self-scheduled exams!”

What advice would you give to prospective students about choosing a college? 

“My advice would be to go where your heart tells you it feels like home because you’ll know immediately what feels like the right fit is for you, and being scared or nervous is normal! I did not think it was normal when I came to school, and I was terrified until move-in day. I was reassured of why I chose Randolph, and as soon as I stepped on campus I was ready for my new journey!”

For more information about visit days and how to apply to Randolph, please visit You can also take a virtual tour of campus at

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