Veronica Raikovitz '11
For Randolph-Macon College student Veronica Raikovitz ’11, it’s
all about family.
Raikovitz, who hails from Belo Horizonte (“Beautiful Horizon”), Brazil, has lived
in the United States since she was twelve years old. “My father worked for Child
Fund International in Brazil, and his job moved him to Richmond,” she says of her
family’s trek to the States. “The Brazilian culture is very family-oriented. I am
extremely close to my parents and my younger brother, and when I looked at colleges,
I knew that I didn’t want to be far from them. I go home every weekend to spend
time with my family.”
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Raikovitz says that the family atmosphere at R-MC made the transition to college
life as smooth as possible. “When I first moved in, I had a hard time adjusting,
but the students made things easier because of their friendliness and guidance.
I was impressed right away by the warmth of the R-MC community,” she says. “I like
the small class sizes and the personal attention I get from my professors.”
Raikovitz says she chose international
studies as her major because she loves to learn about different countries.
“Discovering their customs is something that I find very intriguing,” she says.
“Professor Badey (political science)
really helped me solidify my decision to major in international studies. His International
Relations course opened my eyes to understanding the world around me, and his knowledge
of the world impressed and inspired me.”
Raikovitz decided on a minor in sociology
because “the first time I took a sociology course, I was challenged in ways that
I had never been before. Sociology helped me grow as a student, improved my writing
skills, and introduced to me different ways of looking at things.” She credits Sociology
Professors Gill and Armenia for being major influences in her academic career.
Raikovitz, who has always wanted to be a lawyer, plans on taking a year off after
graduation to study for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). “I worked very hard
to get to where I am today,” she says of her R-MC experience. “I am honored that
I am earning a degree from Randolph-Macon College.”
Although she considers herself Brazilian at heart, she plans to continue expanding
her horizons. “After I graduate from law school I’d like to travel to Europe,” she
says. “I want to visit the countries that I have studied as part of my international
studies major—France, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. Ideally I’ll travel with
someone who is also interested in learning about different cultures.”
Closer to home base, Raikovitz plans on having a serious talk with her brother Joseph,
currently a junior in high school. “I really hope he chooses to come to Randolph-Macon,”
she says. “It would be great to watch him blossom academically in the same ways
that I have grown.”
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