Faces of Rhodes
Andrew Roskos-Ewoldsen ′15
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Major: International Studies
Research interests: Sociocultural, Economic, and Governmental Relationships between North and South Korea
Extra-curricular activities: Varsity Soccer, Kappa Sigma, Intramural Sports
Tell the story of how you got to Rhodes College:
When I was considering what college to attend out of high school, my main priority was finding a school that would help me grow in the areas of my life I cared about most. I wanted to go somewhere that shared my interests for the future. Rhodes had a strong soccer program, a highly regarded International Studies department with outstanding professors, and a thriving city to learn in and from. When I came to Rhodes for their soccer camp and meshed so seamlessly with some of my future classmates, I knew that it would be a great fit. It was an easy choice from there.
How have you changed since beginning your studies at Rhodes College?
I think the biggest change I’ve seen in myself is how much more patient I’ve become. I am being challenged every day here, and not everything comes as naturally as it used to. For most of my life I’ve been able to overcome my adversities rather fluidly, but coming into an environment like Rhodes where every student is excellent and expectations are higher, it has been a challenge at times having to hold myself to such a high standard. Whether it’s sports or academics, I’ve realized that staying determined and optimistic is the key to success.
How has your experience on the soccer team influenced your college experience?
Playing soccer in college has been my dream since I began playing when I was three, so getting to play for Rhodes has definitely been a privilege so far. Everything I’ve gotten from being on the soccer team has been positive for me. My closest friends in college are on the soccer team, and I get to play my passion almost every day. I try to give as much as I gain from the soccer team, so while the team allows me to play for championships and represent my school, I try to be a leader and a role model for my teammates that they can rely on. I would like to give a shout-out to my cherished friend and teammate Jason Crutcher for inspiring me to be everything I can be. These guys mean the world to me, and I hope to make them proud on and off the field.