Laura Young '14 in Italy:
"The trip was amazing."
Randolph-Macon College student Laura Young '14 will never forget
Freshmen Move-in Day.
"It was also my 18th birthday, and I was sad about having to spend the day with
people I didn't know," she recalls. "But I was welcomed by everyone: Macon Movers,
my Resident Assistant, the Orientation
Leaders and other students." It wasn't long before she felt right at home.
"I also remember one of the first nights at dinner in Estes, where I saw upperclassmen
running up to each other excitedly after not seeing each other all summer," she
says. "I wondered if I would make those kinds of friends—and I did! I don’t think
I would have found such close friends at a bigger school."
The Prince George, Virginia native is a
communication studies and political science
major. She is also a journalism minor
whose goals include a career in broadcast journalism.
"I've always had an interest in government and politics, and I believe that my majors
and minor will be a great background for a career in journalism," says Young, who
would love to eventually be a television anchor.
A Presidential Scholar
recipient, Young's involvement on campus is impressive.
She's a Resident Assistant, secretary
of Delta Zeta Sorority,
sophomore class president and a member of the
Leadership Fellows Program. In addition, she finds the time and energy to
be a member of the Committee on College Life and the "Lunch Bunch"—students who
meet with R-MC Trustees once per semester. As Senior Features Editor for the Yellow Jacket newspaper,
she has the opportunity to hone her writing skills and meet new people.
"I really enjoyed writing for my high-school newspaper and started writing for the
Yellow Jacket during my freshman year," says Young. "We have a great staff
and we've made many updates to the paper since last year. We are always trying to
improve and modernize our efforts to get the news out."
During J-term 2012, Young traveled
to Italy via The Heritage of Christianity, a course taught by Chaplain Darrell Headrick
and Dean Kathryn Hull. Travelers visited Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome. 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 course.
Young sent blog entries
to R-MC during the trip.
"From Florence, we went to Siena, a smaller, quieter town compared to Florence,"
she wrote. "We went to Siena's cathedral, Duomo di Siena. There was a great deal
of beautiful artwork there, and it was a very spiritual visit." The group then headed
to Assisi. "Assisi's claim to fame is being the birthplace of St. Francis, a well-known
and beloved Catholic saint," wrote Young. "We went to the Cathedral of St. Francis
and the Cathedral of St. Clare, and then we walked outside to see a beautiful sunset
over the mountains."
Young says the travel course was one of the best experiences she's had during her
"I knew I couldn’t travel for too long—I'm just too busy on campus—but J-term gave
me the opportunity to travel for a few weeks. The trip was amazing: I bonded with
friends and sorority sisters, and I also got to know people in the R-MC community
who I may not have otherwise met."