Elanya Chin '13 and Devon Maust '12 with Jorgito. "We nicknamed him El Tigre because
he loved to play,"
A perrico (parrot) perches on Chin's hand.
“From the moment I turned onto Henry Street, I knew that R-MC was unlike any of
the other colleges I had visited,” says Randolph-Macon College student Elanya
Chin ’13. Chin had applied to 12 colleges, but once the Morristown,
New Jersey native touched down in Ashland, the search was over.
“The beautiful brick buildings, the friendly admissions staff…I felt completely
at home here,” she says.
Chin, a philosophy and
international studies major and an ethics
minor, is a traveler at heart. She has participated in two January Term (J-term)
trips, both led by Sociology Professor Beth
Gill. J-term affords students the opportunity to travel abroad and immerse themselves
in another culture. Students can also participate in an internship or take an on-campus
In 2011, Chin enrolled in Remembering the Holocaust: Past, Present and Future.
“We started in Berlin and then visited Warsaw and Krakow,” says Chin, “and we ended
the trip with a visit to Prague. It was my first trip to Europe and I was completely
blown away by how much we experienced in two weeks. In addition to museum visits
and city tours, we walked through the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Although
it may seem like a depressing trip, Professor Gill did a magnificent job of making
sure there was a balance of memorialization and exploration.”
In 2012, Chin packed her bags again—this time for
El Salvador. The J-term service-learning
course, Human Rights in the Global Village, was arranged in conjunction with the
Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program.
“It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life,” says Chin. “In addition
to reveling in summer temperatures, we had the privilege of building a house for
a Salvadoran family.” Chin reflected on the trip’s significance in a
blog entry posted on the R-MC Web site.
“As much as I appreciate living in my comfortable room back home with hot water
and an abundance of food, I know that is not a life most of the world knows,” she
wrote. “Being here is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Working
with Habitat for Humanity has been
a gift for all of us.”
Back in Ashland, Chin rarely sits still. She is a Campus Ambassador, a Yellow Jacket
Tour Guide, and the executive director of
Macon a Difference Day. She is also a peer mentor, a
Writing Center tutor and a proud member of
Kappa Alpha Theta.
Not surprisingly, Chin’s post-R-MC plans will broaden her horizons even further.
“I would love to teach English in Latin America before moving on to graduate school
or a career,” she says. “Whatever I end up doing, I know that it will involve travel,
because that is my biggest passion.”
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