Shannon Carey '12: "I think that R-MC is
the perfect place for me."
"Randolph-Macon College was the first college that I toured," says Shannon Carey
'12. "I loved the atmosphere and could picture myself being a student here." For
Carey, a native of Montross, Virginia, touring colleges during her sophomore year
of high school was an exciting time. "I visited R-MC as a participant in the Upward
Bound Program," says Carey. "I wanted to find a college where I could be more than
a 'number' and I think that R-MC is the perfect place for me."
In addition to a great first impression of the college, Carey had the encouragement
of two special R-MC alumni who happen to be brothers: history teacher John Lewis
'83 and athletics director Malcolm Lewis '86, both of whom work at Washington and
Lee High School. "They had such great things to say about R-MC,” says Carey. "They
both have fond memories of their time at Randolph-Macon."
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Working and Learning
Carey is majoring in biology, with minors in
computer science and
English. "I chose my major because I had a lot of hands-on experience in
biology during my junior and senior years of high school at the Chesapeake Bay Governors
School for Marine and Environmental Science," she says. "Biology is the study of
life, and life is all around me. Computer Science is something that I am naturally
good at and I love Web design. And I love to read and write, so a minor in English
was an easy decision." Carey puts her computer skills to good use as a student assistant
in R-MC's Marketing and Communications
department. "I help to manage the college's Web site," she says. "I like
what I do because it's a real-life application of what I learn in computer science.
My favorite part of the job is that I learn just as much as I work!"
Carey is a member of R-MC's DIVAS (Determined Intellectual Visionaries Advocating
Sisterhood). DIVAS is an organization that promotes the importance of strong academics,
community service and sisterhood. As a member, she has participated in Pennies for
Patients and Relay for Life. "I loved participating in both events," she says. "Cancer
research is very important and it's necessary to raise money to help fund it. I
felt accomplished and it was a great experience."
Although life after R-MC may feel as though it is far away, Carey is scoping out
possible future plans. "I would love to work for the Discovery Channel or Naval
Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)," she says. When asked to explain, Carey says, "I would
love to make documentaries such as the 'Life' and 'Blue Planet' series that the
Discovery Channel produces, or develop computer programs and technology for NAVSEA.
My FYE (First-Year Experience) course, which I took in my freshman year at R-MC,
combined southern literature with computer science. I learned how to make movies
and I really liked doing that. I think that working for the Discovery Channel would
be a great opportunity to combine biology with computer science. And a job at NAVSEA
would challenge me—plus, I love technology. Most importantly, both jobs would give
me the opportunity to travel!"
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Randolph-Macon or to schedule a campus visit, contact our Admissions Office at (800)
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