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Alexa Cline ′14

Hometown:  Franklin, TN
Major: Political Science
Minor: English

Academic interests: I am currently a political science major who plans on being a prosecutor for criminal court.  While at Rhodes, I decided to major in political science because it seemed to be most relevant to my future, but I minored in English for a completely different reason.  I have always loved to read and analyze books, and when I was 12, I fell in love with the Elizabethan Era and Henry VIII, so I try to take any possible classes concerning that era.

Extracurricular activities: Mock Trial, Peer Assistant Leadership team, the president of the Social Regulations Council,  president of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, a student worker at Human Resources, and a member of one of the Rhodes Common Tables

Tell the story of how you got to Rhodes College:
 
When I was still in high school, I was determined not to go to school in Tennessee because I wanted to see other parts of the United States.  I had planned to go to Furman, SMU, or Kenyon, but when I visited all of those schools something seemed to be lacking.  My college counselor recommended that I apply to Rhodes. At the time, I did it just to have another backup because I was almost 100% sure I would not go to school in state, but upon visiting the school, I fell in love with the campus almost instantly.  It was beautiful, the academics were great, they had an honor code, which my high school had, and I could see myself at the school.  After that, the decision was made and I chose to go to Rhodes.

How have you changed since beginning your studies at Rhodes College?

I have stuck to my moral values, but I have also been able to grow while here and come out of my shell more than I did in high school.  I have been able to join many different organizations, make different groups of friends, and choose what I wanted to do with the support of the faculty and staff at Rhodes.

How did you first get involved with SRC? What made you decide to run for president?
 
My freshman year my PA leader was a member of SRC, and during Welcome Week she talked with us about what the Honor Code and Social Regulations Code mean to the college.  She explained how she could leave her backpack out and how professors would leave during exams and would only come back to pick them up.  This reminded me of my high school atmosphere and I decided I wanted to become a member of this organization.  It was the first organization I joined on campus and was the basis for my Rhodes College career.  After being on the council for two years, I decided to run for vice president.  I ended up running unopposed and won.  As vice president, my belief in the council and its purpose on campus was reinforced, causing me to know that I wanted to be president of the council.  This spring, I ran for the position and was honored enough to be voted in by the student body.

Serving as next year’s president of SRC, what changes do you see yourself implementing?

I plan on continuing the changes the outgoing president and I began, which include reworking the constitution, ensuring that all students understand the Social Regulations Code, making sure that anyone who is a witness, a victim, or an accused feels comfortable in their setting and understands exactly what is going on. I also want to help uphold the values that I believe Rhodes represents.

Compiled by Emily Sullivan ′13

Tags: English, Political Science, Tennessee