Meet 22 Highlanders from Radford's Class of '22
Radford University welcomed the Class of 2022 on Aug. 23 when move-in began on a perfect Thursday morning.
The Class of 2022 represents students from all over Virginia, including the Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach, Richmond and Southwest Virginia regions. Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida are also represented in the incoming class. Ethiopia, Mexico, Canada and Spain are also represented in the Class of 2022.
As the new freshmen were welcomed into the Highlander family, 22 members of the incoming class were asked about why they chose Radford and what they hope to accomplish at the university.
Alexandra came to Radford to study nursing - and to follow in her sister's footsteps.
“Radford is the only school I applied to, I really liked the campus and it has an excellent nursing program,” she said.
Caton will be studying marketing while at Radford University, something she became interested in while taking business classes in high school.
Caton said she really likes the size of Radford's campus and where it is located in Virginia.
Brian's interest in the human brain led him to Radford University to study psychology.
“I’ve always been interested in how the brain works and learning why people do the things they do,” he said.
Brian said that he is "excited for the freedom and the learning" after taking a year off from school.
Sienna's academic interests came from personal experiences with various injuries - which led her to physical therapy.
Sienna likes Radford's campus and said, “It’s very personable, small but a big enough size to give you that college feel. I am looking forward to being part of all that and meeting new people.
"Beyond school, I think I will be active volunteering like I did at home," she continued. "I am hoping to find a place that pushes me to be my best."
After weighing each university's pros and cons, Kolby selected her top choice - Radford University.
She is still weighing her academic options, but is interested in psychology.
“I’ve only heard good things about Radford," Kolby said as she began to settle into her dorm.
The moment Paul stepped on Radford's campus, he knew it was for him.
While considering his academic options, Paul is looking forward to experiencing everything that Radford University has to offer.
Carly wants to use her time at Radford University to help people.
“I love helping people and I want to help kids and foster home children,” the social work major said.
Carly said that Radford is a good fit for her and that she is excited to see what her future holds.
An interest in marketing led Brett to Radford University - as well as a piece of mail.
Brett received a flyer about Radford - along with an application - and decided to apply.
Brett is looking forward to getting to know the university and the Radford Family.
Allyson's interest in health care led her to Radford University.
“I’m interested in health care but I haven’t chosen exactly what I want to do yet,” she said.
She's happy to be close to home while having new experiences.
Even though Grant won't be playing baseball, he still chose to come to Radford University because of the campus and environment.
While undecided on his academic pursuits, Grant is considering communication due to his love of sports communication.
“I took public speaking in high school and announced some of our sport events and I enjoyed doing that,” he said.
Kacie, a biology major, chose Radford University because of all the good reviews of the university.
“The campus is smaller than most and I like the small class sizes, and I’ve also heard nothing but good reviews about Radford,” she said.
Kacie also said that she wants to study pathology using her biology education.
Christian is following in the footsteps of his parents, uncle and cousin by joining the Radford Family.
"I am looking forward to getting a good education," he said. "I am a little nervous now, but very excited to see what the future holds."
Christian said he is excited to meet new people, play interamural sports, work and continue to grow.
Gabrielle became a Highlander to study interior deisgn.
“I’ve always loved artsy things and being involved with design,” she said. “I’m really excited to learn more about design and become involved with my major.”
When Gabrielle visited Radford, she loved the way campus felt.
Ally hopes to work for the United Nations - and is pursing social work to help make that happen.
"I am going to study abroad - maybe in Spain - since I am bilingual," she said.
Ally is looking forward to beginning the next chapter in her life at Radford.
Both of Charles' parents attended Radford University and after visiting campus himself, it "felt right."
The business major is "looking forward to getting to know other people, playing sports and enjoying the outdoors-fishing, hiking and rafting while I work toward getting a good internship and then a job."
Family led Jenna to discovering her academic passion: nursing.
“My grandmother is a nurse, she told me all of these stories and I became interested," Jenna said. "I want to help people."
Jenna said she loves the size of the campus and how welcoming and friendly everyone is at Radford University.
Karlie is studying criminal justice at Radford University, something that she has always found interesting.
“I’ve only heard good things about Radford," Karlie said. "I have some friends that go here too. I also like the size of the campus.”
Samantha's love of science led her to study molecular biology at Radford University.
"The price is economical, the area feels really safe and the community seems very close," Samantha said. "That’s something I was looking for when applying to schools.”
Nutrition is a part of William's daily lifestyle, which led him to that area of study at Radford University.
"After visiting here, I fell in love with [Radford],” William said.
Victoria will be studying psychology at Radford University, something in which she became interested in back in high school.
"Radford’s not too big but it’s not too small either," Victoria said. "The size is perfect. I'm ready to start my classes and meet new people."
Awesome. Exciting. Happening.
When Abby visited Radford, that's the impression with which she was left.
"Radford had the program I am most interested in, occupational therapy," Abby said. "I can’t wait to branch out, meet new friends and do new things while studying and getting ready for this stage of my life."
Danielle's goal is to use her Radford University education to go to graduate school to be an occupational therapist.
"I have seen how helpful they were for my family and I want to do the same for others," she said. "Radford was my top choice, the people were nice, the faculty impressed me, and I liked the diversity and enthusiasm of everyone I met."