William Chalifoux '07
How to succeed in college? Get involved. That’s what Randolph-Macon College alumnus
William Chalifoux ’07 tells new students.
“Networking is everything, and you can’t get your name out there or get to know
people without being involved with
Greek Life, campus activities, internships,
or the other great opportunities that R-MC offers,” says Chalifoux, a business project
manager at SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. “Think about what it is that really makes you
happy in life, and then figure out a way you can incorporate that into your career.
If you love what you do, you’ll never ‘work’ a day in your life.”
Chalifoux, a sociology major, says that his
R-MC education—including a January Term
trip to Johannesburg, South Africa— gave him a new perspective on the world.
“My four years at R-MC gave me a well-rounded worldview, which has really helped
me in my career,” he says. “In South Africa we saw firsthand how people live in
abject poverty. That was a really eye-opening experience for me, and it gave me
an appreciation for how many advantages and opportunities we have in America.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students
for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with
students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to
find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for
successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE, the
cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing
for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career
coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of
settings. The Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S.
and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and
Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches
them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s alumni provide
a strong network of support for students throughout their time at the college or
in assisting them after graduation with career direction and opportunities.
The college’s Four-Year Degree
Guarantee guarantees in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon
will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95
percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important
value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs offer students
a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves
in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January
Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program gives students the
opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research under the guidance of faculty
mentors. Many students present their findings at national and international conferences.
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