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Brian Rudelson ′08

With so many opportunities for student involvement on one small campus, you can take one of three approaches: do nothing, try your hand at everything, or choose a few activities that you’re passionate about and do them well. I chose the last approach, and I’ve invested my time in my off-campus internship, my fraternity and the Honor Council.

When I first came to Rhodes, I was plagued by the most haunting question any college student will ever encounter: “So what do you want to major in?” And quite honestly, I didn’t have the slightest idea. I took a few introductory classes here and there, but my passion was truly ignited when I took an introductory business course.

The faculty in the business and economics department really unlocked my potential and broadened my knowledge of accounting and finance principles. They also helped me secure an off-campus internship at Gerber Taylor Associates, a local hedge fund company.

When it comes to extra-curricular activities, my experiences in the Kappa Sigma fraternity have been the most rewarding. This past summer, I accompanied the Rhodes chapter to the national convention in Miami, Florida, where we were presented with the Founders Award for Chapter Excellence. Out of the 241 chapters of Kappa Sigma nation-wide, only 15 chapters are given the Founders Award each year. Rhodes was the only school with under 5,000 students to win the prestigious award at this year’s convention--a huge milestone for our chapter.

But the greatest moment of the convention came when I was unexpectedly called onto the stage. Members of Kappa Sigma had nominated me for the Brother of The Year award. Only one member from the 90 southern chapters earns this award each year, so I was stunned when they called my name. This award is by far the greatest honor I have ever received.

I recently got involved with the Honor Council, and that experience has taught me so much about myself and the Rhodes community. A system of students monitoring students is something unique to Rhodes, because that kind of program could not exist at a larger school with thousands of students to oversee. All in all, I am confident that the lessons I have learned in the classroom and in my extra-curricular activities have prepared me for graduate school and beyond.

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