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Student Spotlight: Raygen Randall

Student Spotlight: Raygen Randall

South Dakota State University is the place to be, believes Raygen Randall. He points to Division 1 sports, academic diversity, cultural diversity, the college town vibe, professors that care. He says, “I could go on and on.” Randall adds, “Everyone has their preferences but, in my mind, it is tough to beat the premier university in the state of South Dakota.”

This week’s student spotlight is Raygen Randall, a senior from Salem majoring in business economics with minors in rural real estate and land valuation, ag business and entrepreneurship.

Growing up Randall always had a love for SDSU. With his mom being an alumnus, he frequently came to Jackrabbit basketball and football games. He also enjoys that SDSU offers smaller business classes which makes it easy to be engaged in the classroom and extracurriculars. On campus, Randall is currently the president of the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate (FIRE) Club.

Throughout his years of education at SDSU, Randall confidently says that Entrepreneurial Development (ENTR 237) with Craig Silvernagel was his favorite course. Randall says, “Everything you talk about in that class is real life information that you can and will use. The professor does a great job using personal examples to explain concepts, and he makes you think about starting and running a business in ways I had never considered before.”

Additionally, Randall’s favorite SDSU memories include attending the Land and Lending Expo that SDSU hosted in Sioux Falls, which provided an opportunity to connect with industry leaders. Randall also has fond memories of the WNIT game against UCLA and football games with all the high energy and SDSU school spirit.

As he prepares for graduation and reflects on his time at SDSU, Randall appreciates the dedication that faculty have provided in helping SDSU students. As examples, he points to both Ryan McKnight and Joe Santos for their efforts to teach and inform students within SDSU’s Ness School of Management and Economics. “I look up to both of them as examples of the type of person I want to be,” Randall concludes.