Football and track & field athlete Jerome Rudolph ’12 (Lithonia, Ga.) discusses economics, time management, keeping a positive attitude, and meeting football great Jim Brown.
What’s your major and what do you like about your major?
I am an economics major with an Africana studies minor. My major thus far has given me the skills required to be a successful individual in the business world. I like my major because it is very applicable to everyday life and relevant to many of the world’s current events.
What’s been the most unique project or class you’ve participated in at Lafayette?
That’s a hard question to answer. But so far, one of the most unique classes I have taken has been Engendering Black Pop Culture with Professor Yaba Blay. The class has given me a whole new outlook on today’s society and how the media has such an impact on our lives and how we interpret it. Another interesting class is Economic Development with Professor David Stifel. It discusses developing countries, the efficient allocation of scarce resources, and how they grow within those countries.
What lessons learned as a student-athlete can you incorporate into everyday life?
The most important lesson is to make the best of every situation you are thrown into regardless of the constraints and hardships of that situation. Keeping a positive outlook and remaining determined is one of the keys to success at Lafayette and in life.
What is the biggest challenge of being a two-sport athlete?
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is time. Between class, meetings, practice, treatment if you are injured, and eating leaves you little time for leisure, homework and – most importantly – rest. In order to be successful on the playing fields and the classroom you have to be able to manage your time very well.
The most famous person you have met:
Jim Brown. I met him before one of the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason games in which my little league football team played during halftime.
Others are surprised to hear that you…:
…lived in Germany until the age of eight. This is hard to believe because of my “big” Southern accent which people tend to notice when first meeting me.
The movie you could watch every day:
Any of the Harry Potter films
Best song to listen to right before a game/meet:
“Undeniable Talent” by Lil Boosie
Who does the best impression of Coach Tavani?
Rodney “PrymeTime/Twig” Gould ’12