Hallie Stewart '10: "R-MC has allowed me to finally
figure out what I want to do in life."
Hallie Stewart ’10 had three criteria in mind when she was looking at colleges.
“I wanted a small school, a place close to home and a swim team,” says the Midlothian,
Virginia native. “Randolph-Macon College was a perfect match. What really made me
decide to come to R-MC was the
women’s varsity swim team. I have been a swimmer since I was five years
old and I wanted to continue my swimming career in college.”
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Stewart, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, has been making waves in and
out of the pool for a long time. She was a member of R-MC’s swim team for three
years, and in 2007 the team won the ODAC championship for the very first time. “We
broke Washington and Lee’s 13-year winning streak,” says Stewart, who was a first-team
All-ODAC selection in 2007 and 2009.
Out of the pool, Stewart is a member of the Judicial Board, vice-president of the
Pre-Health Society and a member of the Senior Class Board. She is also a member
of Beta Beta Beta, a biology Honor Society, and a proud member of the Kappa Alpha
“I can’t imagine myself not being Greek,” she says. “Greek life has allowed me to
become a better person, to grow and feel comfortable in my own skin. I have held
several leadership positions in Theta: assistant membership chair, recording secretary
and administrative secretary. Theta has given me a skill set that will help me in
future educational and career opportunities.” Through Kappa Alpha Theta, Stewart
has participated in volunteer activities to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates
(CASA), which supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused
and neglected children. This year Theta raised $1,250.50 for CASA.
During January Term 2009, Stewart interned with a local physician. “The
Bassett internship experience really opened my eyes to the world of obstetrics
and gynecology (OB/GYN),” says Stewart. “I shadowed a physician, and I saw a baby
born via Cesarean section. I learned a lot about women’s health, and I hope to become
an OB/GYN nurse practitioner.”
Stewart traveled to Australia and New Zealand in January 2010 in conjunction with
the R-MC course, The Chemistry of Wine Making, taught by Chemistry Professor Serge
Schreiner. “I had never traveled that far from home,” says Stewart. “The experience
was absolutely amazing. The course was extremely challenging: who knew viticulture
(the study of winemaking) was so complicated and intricate? It was a life-changing
experience.” The class toured vineyards and studied the history of Australia and
New Zealand. “The study abroad program
allowed me to make strong connections with my classmates and Dr. Schreiner,” says
“For my biology capstone project I knew I wanted to educate young women about a
sexually-transmitted disease (STD) called HPV (Human Papillomavirus),” says Stewart.
“HPV is a very important topic; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates
that six million people in the United States are infected with HPV annually.” In
April 2010, Stewart held a “Greek 101” information session for 75 Greek women from
the Randolph-Macon community. “I discussed HPV’s causes and effects, symptoms and
prevention,” she says. Stewart’s complete article on HPV can be read by clicking
“I cannot believe I am graduating in a few weeks,” says Stewart. “It really does
seem like yesterday that I was attending orientation. Randolph-Macon College has
allowed me to finally figure out what I want to do in life: take care of people.
After college, I plan on working as a scribe at St. Mary’s Hospital. I am also going
to study for the GRE (Graduate Records Examinations) and hopefully attend nursing
school in the summer of 2011. I want to be a nurse practitioner and specialize in
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