Julianne Harrington '14
A campus tour can make all the difference.
Just ask Randolph-Macon College student Julianne Harrington ’14.
“I saw the way professors and students interacted,” recalls Harrington, an
economics/business major from Lusby, Maryland. “I talked to current students
who had wonderful things to say about the college. I also quickly realized that
R-MC has the most caring staff I have ever seen—they care about each and every student.”
In addition, Harrington’s cousin, Perry Kennedy ’06, had told her
how well R-MC prepared him for grad school. “I knew that I would get an outstanding
education at Randolph-Macon,” says Harrington.
Since that fateful tour, Harrington’s horizons have expanded both on and off campus.
During January Term (J-term) 2012,
she traveled to Italy, and she chronicled her experiences in
blog entries posted on the R-MC Web site. 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. Harrington gained a new appreciation for art after touring Florence’s Accademia
di Belle Arti (“Academy of Fine Arts”), which houses Michelangelo’s David.
“I had only read about and seen this famous statue in textbooks and never imagined
I would one day see it up close,” she wrote. “I will never know how Michelangelo
put such detail and emotion into David; you can even see the veins on the arms.”
In fall 2012, Harrington will put her French
minor to good use during a semester in France, where she will join students from
around the world and take several classes at a Montpellier college: French Civilizations,
French Conversation, and French Literature.
“I will be speaking French most of the time and hope to become fluent,” she says.
“I also hope to take a weekend trip to Paris while I’m there.”
In spring 2013, Harrington will pack her bags again—this time for a semester in
Disney World in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the
Disney College Program. She will take classes, work as a Disney cast member,
and have the opportunity to attend training classes and personal and professional-development
“This experience will improve my communication and
leadership skills as well as show me the ins and outs of the Disney Company,”
explains Harrington. “My family and I have been to Disney World three times, and
after our most recent trip, I just knew that I had to participate in the Disney
College Program.” Harrington hopes to eventually get a full-time job at Disney in
their sales and marketing department.
Things have come full circle since Harrington first set foot in Ashland. She works
as a tour guide for the Admissions Office, sharing
her enthusiasm for R-MC with prospective students and their families.
“I especially love going by Haley Hall, because that is when I can brag about the
Office of International Education,” says
Harrington. “I like telling people about R-MC’s wonderful study-abroad opportunities
and fantastic J-term trips. It is a very rewarding job.”