Meet Abigail Taylor,
whose passion for traveling, working with others, and helping to better the world found its beginnings at RUHS.

Abby Taylor"I moved to the Randolph area right before freshman year. I had some family in the area, but didn't know anyone in my classes.  On my first day of school, one of the guidance counselors met with me and introduced me to a few of my peers to help me acclimate. I was worried that my classmates would judge me by what I was wearing and my overall appearance, but they seemed more concerned with who I was as a person. This was such a shift from what I had been accustomed to at my previous school and as a result, I was more free to be myself and to develop my own identity. My teachers – who were willing to meet with me one-on-one and whose doors were always open – also played a large part in this growth, and I'm still in contact with some of them to this day. At RUHS, I was able to develop confidence in my academic abilities; I won recognition for my writing ability; and I was given opportunities to attend workshops at local universities for writing and arts institutes. I also had the chance to play on the basketball and lacrosse teams and act in the school play. All of these activities taught me how to be part of a team, when to be a leader, and increased my self-confidence."

"After graduation, I attended University at Albany in New York, where I received my Bachelors in Social Work, a degree I had chosen based on a class in high school that had given me the opportunity to shadow professionals in careers in which I was interested.  I was on the crew team my freshman year, joined a multicultural sorority my senior year, and was highly involved in Residential Life throughout my time in Albany. I spent two weeks in Rwanda my junior year with two professors from my social work department, which was when I realized that I wanted to pursue a Masters in Social Work with an international focus. I received my MSW with a global/clinical concentration from Boston College, and spent 6 months in South Africa working at an AIDS clinic. From there, I joined the Peace Corps and left for Botswana eight months after returning from South Africa. I currently work at a junior secondary school in a small village teaching guidance and counseling classes and focusing on HIV prevention and education. I sometimes find myself saying things to my students that were said to me years ago by my teachers at Randolph."

"My time at RUHS was not just an academic education, but one that prepared me for the challenges I would face in life and the world. RUHS helped give me the tools I needed to succeed in college, and I know while pursuing my Masters in Public Health from Yale, there will be other successes and achievements that I can trace back to my years at RUHS."