Whitney Worthington Jones '11
Whitney Worthington Jones ’11 spent a lot of time on R-MC’s campus
before she made her final decision about where to go to college. “I had applied
to liberal-arts colleges throughout the mid-Atlantic before it boiled down to four
schools, including Randolph-Macon,” says the Lexington, Virginia native. “I attended
an all-girls boarding school in Chatham, Virginia, and I knew that one-on-one contact
with professors is advantageous for personal growth and networking opportunities.”
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Location, location, location
An overnight stay on campus convinced Jones that R-MC was the right college for
her. “I stayed with Erin Bumgarner ’06 for my Prospective Student Overnight, and
she was incredibly helpful in explaining how life at R-MC might be good for me,”
says Jones. “Erin is from Amherst, Virginia, so she helped me see that Ashland is
a lot like our hometowns and that I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed from the change in
location. She introduced me to a lot of her friends and she took me around to classes.
It was such a great experience!”
A lot of Jones’s friends attended R-MC. “Most are people I grew up with, so it has
been fun to have my hometown so well-represented by such talented classmates,” she
says. In addition, Allen L. “Mac” Felts Jr. ’62 “has been a family friend for decades
and his enthusiasm for R-MC is really contagious. When I told him I was accepted,
he had Barclay DuPriest (bookstore) send me
a beautiful care package containing a bunch of R-MC gear. I was well-dressed when
I arrived on campus!”
Once she started classes, it didn’t take Jones long to get to know people. “Everyone
was so energetic and pleasant to be around, and that made what could have been a
difficult adjustment period incredibly easy for me,” she says.
Jones is a political science and
environmental studies major.
“I took an environmental science class in high school and really enjoyed it, so
when I was offered the opportunity to participate in the
First-Year Experience (FYE) program at R-MC, I was very excited,” she says.
The course, “A River Runs Through It,” was taught by Professors Lauren Bell (political
science) and Chas. Gowan (biology). “Working
through real-world problems and finding solutions using environmental studies and
political science skills in my freshman year,” says Jones, “helped me confirm that
these areas of study could be a part of my ideal career path.”
Making a Commitment
Jones left R-MC after her freshman year to travel and to work. “I needed to make
sure that I was genuinely ready to commit to my education,” she explains. She worked
for the U.S. Department of Justice-U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlottesville, Virginia
for two years as a paralegal assistant. “That gave me the opportunity to learn about
law and criminal prosecution,” she says, “but I knew that finishing my education
was important for my future.” Jones returned to R-MC with renewed zeal in 2009.
“The Registrar’s Office was accommodating
with my transfer credits from a community college that I attended from 2006-2009,”
she says, “and the entire faculty treated me as though I had never left! It is hard
sometimes to be in a pond surrounded by lots of new fish, but the community at Randolph-Macon
is so welcoming and kind."
Jones is an active member of many student organizations, including Macon Outdoors,
the Yellow Jacket Newspaper, the Political Science Student Association (PSSA), Students
for Environmental Action (SEA), Campus Events Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Commuter
Student Association and the Pre-Law Society.
Jones, who made the Dean’s List in spring 2010, also makes time to work on campus.
“I work three days a week in the Marketing
& Communications department,” she says. “I write press releases, distribute
mailings and publications, write articles for the faculty/staff newsletter The Buzz,
write stories for the alumni magazine and assist with taking photos for R-MC publications
and events.” Jones also works two days a week at the circulation desk in the
McGraw-Page Library, assisting students in locating items, checking texts
out and in, and arranging for inter-library loans. “It is great to help students
in such an intellectually stimulating environment,” she says.
“Ideally, I plan on working in the environmental field after I graduate,” says Jones
of her post-R-MC plans. “My area of expertise is public policy. As a jumping-point,
I hope to work with non-profits while in graduate school. The environmental field
is expanding rapidly and job opportunities are open to anyone who has a lot of energy,
a progressive mindset and good attitude. I would enjoy attending law school, particularly
one with an environmental certification program. I would like to get my master’s
in environmental management, public policy or social work. Working as a consultant,
analyst or planner for a local government, law firm, or a non-profit would really
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