With Mr. Gaudino, it was clear that he wouldn’t tolerate any sort of anti-intellectualism that some of us were learning towards. I mean he wanted us to have the experience but I think that he wanted to convince others that this was going to be very different than just going out into the world and taking a trip and having the experience per se, and that aspect of reflection was important. And the majority of us were much more focused in terms of our perspective as far as what we wanted to do when we came back, and I have some sense that was part of his plan, part of what he imagined this whole process would create because you know, a lot of kids who go through college they leave college not knowing what they want to do. They haven’t really found themselves in a way that then they can pursue something in a focused way. And I think the majority of us, as a consequence of Williams-at-Home, found something about ourselves that allowed us to focus our interests in a way that a lot of college students don’t. I know that was the case for me because I was very clear when I came back that I wanted to work with children, and that, living with the families, seeing those relationships, the parents and the kids — and I think some identification I had with the kids who were living in these different environments — sparked something for me in terms of an interest in the field of psychology. And I came back and sort of immediately immersed myself and I had that goal and I did sort of an independent study and wrote a dissertation within the field of child psychology.

Randy Thomas '73, now a psychologist