Cara Carne '12
In this video, Carne tells
how SURF and study abroad have prepared her for graduate school.
A biology major is the perfect fit for Cara
“I love learning how things work—in particular, how things in the natural world
work,” says Carne, a Crozier, Virginia native. “And I love to be outdoors.”
Travel and Research
Travel and research have given Carne the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience.
“My 2012 January Term (J-term) trip to the Galápagos
Islands was unforgettable,” she says. “We spent several weeks on a yacht with Biology
Professor Sarah Huber, traveling to different islands of the archipelago and learning
about evolution and conservation.”
Carne has twice been a Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
recipient. The SURF program offers students the opportunity to conduct ten weeks
of full-time, original research during the summer months, under the guidance of
a faculty mentor.
“In 2009, I conducted research in Brunswick, Maine, collaborating with students
at Bowdoin College as we researched marine invertebrates,” says Carne. “In 2010,
I worked on the James River in Richmond with a wild population of beautiful Prothonotary
As she heads toward the homestretch of her R-MC tenure, Carne says she is especially
happy to serve as co-chair for the Senior Class Gift.
“It’s been an incredible adventure,” she says. “I engaged in great networking opportunities,
and this is a way for me to show my appreciation for all that Randolph-Macon has
done for me. I have grown as an individual and I am prepared for the next step.
Thanks to R-MC’s demanding curriculum, I am a well-rounded, thoughtful and inquisitive
After graduating from Randolph-Macon College, Carne plans on applying to veterinary
“Veterinary-school applications are due this summer,” she says. “I am applying to
the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.
They have an exceptional equine veterinarian program. After I earn my DVM (Doctor
of Veterinary Medicine), I would like to open an equine-exclusive private practice
Her advice to freshmen Yellow Jackets?
“Be prepared to experience the most amazing four years of your life but also be
prepared to work hard. It will all be worth it in the long run. Don’t wait for opportunities
to come to you. Be willing to take risks and ask questions.”
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