Maryland native Randy Staples believes that NOLS was a turning point. "I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. If I am determined and give it 100%, I can get it done." Randy brought this mindset to UNC Charlotte and has used it to propel him forward.A political science major, Randy accepted the Levine Scholarship because he wanted to be part of the close-knit community he first encountered at Finalist Program. He has enjoyed watching UNC Charlotte grow and build true school spirit.
Randy is a member of Black Student Union and a leader with the Collegiate 100. He cites participating in the UNC Charlotte Yard Show – a stepshow produced by the National Pan-Hellenic Sororities and Fraternities – as his second favorite college experience. Studying abroad in London twice holds the top spot. Randy has become increasingly involved in the Charlotte art scene over the years and is happy that he attends college in a city that has so much for young people.