Becoming a Villanovan

Submitted by Rick D

"Villanova draws you in. You can't help becoming a part of it."

Rick Drayton '14 won't deny it. He wasn't sure Villanova was for him.

A stellar high school student, Rick had been accepted at a whopping 32 universities, ultimately choosing Villanova because of the bond he formed with his admissions counselor. But Rick couldn't help second-guessing himself-right up until the weekend he arrived on campus.

As they do every year, upperclassmen performed "Welcome to Nova" skits throughout Villanova's Orientation. The message in those skits really hit home. Rick loved the students, the campus and the wealth of activities available to him. Inspired, he started signing up for clubs and activities.

He joined the National Society of Black Engineers. Eventually, he became the group's public relations chair.

He joined the Villanova Tech Crew and worked as a DJ, entertaining hundreds of students at campus functions. He served on five executive committees, led the MLK Day of Service and eventually landed prestigious internships with Chrysler and Boeing.

And then, this once shy, not-sure-if-he-belonged-here student made the decision that really showed how he felt to be a Villanovan. He created and led the Senior Class Gift Committee's social media efforts, getting the word out to fellow students about how they could contribute to the University.

Through those efforts, Rick spurred 840 seniors to contribute a record $37,400. These funds will be used to ensure that future Villanovans reap the same educational benefits that he did.

At our University, students become Villanovans.