Erin McNeill '11
When she first arrived at Randolph-Macon College, Erin McNeill ’11
thought she wanted to major in biology. That
was before she took a sociology class.
As a freshman, she was enrolled in the First-Year Experience
course “The Stranger,” which explored how different peoples have come into contact
and the clashes, oppressions, and accommodations that have resulted. The course,
taught by Professors Scott London (sociology)
and Aouicha Hilliard (modern languages),
inspired McNeill to re-think her academic path. “Sociology forced me to confront
the stereotypes that I didn’t even realize I had,” she says.
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McNeill was awarded a three-year, full-tuition scholarship to R-MC through the Army’s
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). She is also a Presidential Scholar and was
awarded the Charlotte Fitzgerald sociology scholarship in 2009.
The Richmond, Virginia native is proof that hard work pays off. McNeill is a member
of Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology honors society,
and she has made the Dean’s List every semester. As a member of the
Alpha Gamma Delta (AGD) sorority, she has been the recipient of AGD’s Strive
for Pi award every semester since her 2008 initiation. “The award is an academic
honor presented to sisters who maintain a GPA above a 3.14,” she explains. “It’s
important to me to excel in my studies. The professors at R-MC are eager to share
their knowledge and experience, and I don’t want to miss any opportunities to learn
After graduation, McNeill will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Active
Duty Army. “I was selected for the Army Medical Service Corps (MSC), and will be
heading to Ft. Sam Houston for my medical training,” she says. She will enter an
eight-week Basic Officer Leader Course, where the emphasis will be on Army medical
doctrine and operations. “After that, I will be permanently stationed as a Platoon
Leader at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Once I am established with my unit I hope to
get a slot to the U.S. Army’s Airborne school.”
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