Michael Acutt '10: "R-MC is a
good fit for me."
Life for an international student can be overwhelming, but for South African
Michael Acutt ’10, the transition into college life was eased with
the help of the Randolph-Macon community. “Being in college in a different country
is a daunting experience,” says Acutt. “But R-MC is a very closely-knit community
where you get to know everyone, which made transitioning into a new college in a
new country very easy.”
It didn’t take Acutt long to feel at home at R-MC. “My first impression of Randolph-Macon
College was that it has a beautiful campus and the people are very hospitable to
international students,” he says. “When I met my roommate for the first time, he
and his mother offered to take me out for a steak dinner and then invited me to
visit their home the following weekend. That type of friendliness and hospitality
made me feel comfortable and welcome. I’ve also been able to share my experiences
as an international student with my girlfriend, who is from Colombia, South America.
I met her during the Office of International Education’s student orientation.”
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Acutt hit the ground running and got involved on campus in a variety of endeavors.
“I played on the men's basketball
varsity team for two years before I injured my foot,” says the
accounting and economics double major. “R-MC is a good fit for me as
it has a very good basketball program with a successful history, is a top liberal
arts college, and is close to my sister and her family, who live in Richmond. They
are my ‘family away from home.’”
Acutt is also the president of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an economics honor society,
as well as the vice-president of the Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM).
“As president of Omicron Delta Epsilon, my role is to strengthen relations between
economics professors and students and create awareness of the importance such an
honor society gives to Randolph-Macon,” he says. “As vice-president of SAM I help
organize events on campus, such as guest-speaker appearances to promote our organization.”
In the summer of 2008, Acutt traveled with the R-MC basketball team to Chile. The
experience left a lasting impression. “I remember the beauty of the Andes Mountains,
which surround Santiago, the capital city,” says Acutt. “It was winter, so they
were completely covered in snow and they were so majestic.” While in Chile, the
team played both college and professional basketball. “The team does this tour once
every four years, so every player looks forward to it during his career, as it is
both a great cultural and sporting experience,” says Acutt. “Traveling with the
team was a great experience; it was something completely new and exciting for all
of us. For many of my teammates, it was their first time out of the United States.”
Acutt was part of the ODAC all-conference academic team for 2006-08 and is currently
on the Dean’s List. In addition, he is a Presidential Scholar and a member of the
Phi Beta Kappa honor society. In November 2008 he received the Douglas Foard Award
for Scholarship through the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Acutt feels his majors will prepare him for real-world experiences and career choices.
After college, he hopes to go to law school to study either business or taxation
law. “My accounting major has given me
a solid background in the fundamentals of business transactions, while my economics
major helps me understand the complex variables that interact with each other in
the corporate world,” he says.
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