Randi is our main cleaner and you will all run into her at some point. We all love Randi, her positive energy, and her generosity. She will always be here to cheer you up and lend you a hand if you need help. We sat down with her to learn a little more about her and where she gets all this energy from!
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Santa Ana, Orange county, and my parents moved to San Diego when I was 3 years old. Since then, I’ve been enjoying life in San Diego!
How was it growing up in San Diego?
It was wonderful. We used to be outdoors all the time, our parents would take us camping everywhere. My best memories are our 2-week Summer camping vacation at San Elijo State Beach. I went to Patrick Henry High School in San Carlos, next to SDSU. Unfortunately, I did not go to college. I met my husband in my senior year of high school, and became a wife and mom at 19 years old. I have 2 boys, 1 girl, and 3 grand kids!! Joshua is now 36, Jared, 29, and Jessica is 27. And my grandkids are 8, 3 and 2 years old. I looove them!
What were you like as a kid? I was very friendly, I never liked fighting, I was very spiritual, always saw the good in people. I loved softball, played as a catcher and an outfielder (because I had a good arm!!!), and I also rode horses – english style. In my dreams, I always wanted to be a rock star! But I could never accomplished that task. Trust me, I tried!
What was your job before becoming a cleaner? My parents owned a janitorial and restaurant supply company. I worked there in the warehouse, in the office, and in sales. I can tell you that I was the best sales rep. they ever had!
Where do you live at now and what do you like doing in your free time?? I have always lived in East County, but 5 years ago I moved to Pacific Beach. I live in Crown Point now and I love it. I can walk my dog, Chloe, by the bay every morning. She is a very loving and loyal puggle. I love her dearly. I still love the outdoors – hiking, camping, riding bikes, playing horseshoe, playing catch at football, baseball at the bay. I love the sun, it gives me so much energy.
We know that you do much more than cleaning and that you also are always willing to help out. Where do you get all these positive vibes from?
Yes that’s true. I try to always give uplifting advice because I’m a mom and I’m an optimist. The glass is half-full at all times. My father was actually president of our local “Optimistic” club, so that was an important part of my life growing up. I love to support all the kids and to see them succeed. And when I’m seeing one of the roommates being negative or pessimistic , I want to pump them up before I leave. I see nothing but smart kids and I love being around them.
What do you like when you go do the cleanings?
I like to see the kids. And I love to leave their apartment nice and clean so they can start their next day off in a positive manner. I know that when you wake up to a clean house, you have a better day. My mom always told me “Never go to bed with dishes in your sink” and she was so right! When I first became a young mom, it happened that I went to bed without doing the dishes. I remember how I would always start the next day off in a bad mood.
What could students do to make cleanings more enjoyable for you?
Do your dishes! And come say Hi when you hear me come in. I love it when students come greet me, give me a hug, and tell me how it is going! I’m a touchy-feely person!