Hi! I’m Mack Radin, a member of the Class of 2019 from Palo Alto, California. Thank you so much for your part in making the Williams experience so amazing for my classmates and me. I consider myself so lucky to have so many opportunities here, thanks to your support. As well as sharing gratitude, I’d like to share some of the ways I’ve already taken advantage of Williams’ wide range of unique offerings.
I’m only one semester in, and I’ve already had the opportunity to take a tutorial. Taking a class with only one other student and a professor was an incredible experience, and one I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else. I was grateful every day that while most of my friends at other schools were taking 100+ person intro courses, I was creating real connections with a professor and a student who would become a good friend. I’m an English person, and if it weren’t for that class—which was a computer science tutorial—I never would have dared to venture into such a field. Now, I’m taking another computer science course in the Spring and am considering a CS major.
The Williams liberal arts experience has taken me far and wide outside the classroom. I’m a member of an a cappella group, the Octet, and Ritmo Latino, a latin dance group. Thanks to school funding, these groups can firstly afford to put on professional shows, but also bring the musical experience into other students’ lives through workshop events and mixers. I’ve also taken full advantage of the snow sport opportunities here through the Williams Outing Club. I’ve learned to snowboard and became a much better skier because of the bussing and rental programs here, which keeps me a very happy Williams student!
I consider athletics nearly as important to leading a fulfilled life as academics. As a member of varsity track, I have been blown away by the facilities available to us thanks to donations. The track itself is a dream, and is better quality than many Division 1 programs I’ve seen. The weightlifting and sports medicine facilities are also top notch. Most importantly, I love the faculty on call to coach us, treat us, and care for us into becoming better athletes and better people. Though often more, there is always at least one person to take care of me whether I need to be taped, am learning a new lift, or just want some words of wisdom.
Coming to Williams from busy Palo Alto, I expected to feel somewhat isolated, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. In fact, at Williams I have felt more well-connected to a breadth and depth of opportunities than I ever have in my life. Thank you for all you have done to help make Williams the trove it is for teaching me so much: academically, athletically, and otherwise. I will pay it forward!
Mack Radin ’19
On February 17, 2016, the entire student body came together to celebrate all the things that members of the Williams community do for one another and to show their gratitude and “EphPreciation” for your Alumni Fund contribution by signing thank you cards. As such, the signature inside your card may not belong to the student profiled on this page. To learn more about the EphPreciation event, williams.edu/ephpreciation; to read about the students your gift impacts, visit williams.edu/ephprofiles.