Rudi Goddard joined the Office of Admission in 2013 after graduating from Kalamazoo College with her B.A. in International & Area Studies and Mandarin. As a K student, Rudi participated in many of the College’s theatrical productions and sang in two choral ensembles. Rudi is a member of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and International Association for College Admission Counseling (IntlACAC). In her free time, she sings with the Bach Festival Choir, plans future travels to far-flung destinations, and can often be found at her second home, the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theatre.
Hometown: Birmingham, MI
Favorite food: Popcorn and sushi (not necessarily at the same time).
When you visit Kalamazoo you must… stroll down the Mall (the first walking mall in the country), sample the food and drink at one of our excellent craft breweries (I suggest the old stand-by, Bell’s), take in the Chihuly and other current exhibits at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and caffeinate at Water Street Coffee—one of two gourmet coffee roasters in town—before hitting the road.
Favorite question from a prospective student: “Can I bring my large terrarium filled with rare orchids to campus?” The student who asked was a part of an international orchid organization for which he had been a judge at competitions. I love learning about students’ passions and hobbies and I’m always amazed by the crazy, cool, and downright mind-blowing things in which our students get involved. I never did find out if he brought his terrarium to campus.
Favorite college memory: “Hiking through Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China near the end of my extended term study abroad program. This was the experience that demonstrated to me how much I could accomplish—mentally and physically—using a skill set I acquired in the course of my education at K.”
Advice for prospective students: “Take advantage of the opportunity to build close relationships with your professors. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone as often as possible. Read the entire course catalog. Even once you’ve found your niche at K, keep doing new things: take music lessons, start a new student organization, attend more guest lectures. You will never have such density of opportunity again.”