Alex Zizzi '14
Randolph-Macon College student Alex Zizzi ’14 is a
sociology and Spanish major from Greenwich,
Connecticut. She knows firsthand that people make all the difference at R-MC.
“Spanish Professor Patricia Reagan inspires me to love Latin American culture and
language, and to succeed in my studies,” explains Zizzi. “After taking her literature
course I noticed a distinct improvement in my reading, writing and speaking skills.
Challenging? Yes, but it was well worth it. And, thanks to Sociology Professor Amy
Armenia, I have decided to apply to graduate schools. I know she will help me through
At Home at R-MC
Zizzi is proud to be a Presidential Scholar. The
Presidential Scholarship program recognizes students who have demonstrated
the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership.
Zizzi is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta
sorority and the Remix Dance Team, and she is a sociology tutor in the
Higgins Academic Center (HAC). She is also President of the Student Honors Association and a member of Sigma Delta Pi
and Gamma Sigma Alpha honor societies, and she has twice been a recipient of the
Phi Beta Kappa award. Despite
her busy schedule—“Having two majors is a challenge!”—she has been on the Dean’s
List every semester of her college career.
During January Term (J-term) 2012, Zizzi traveled
to Costa Rica in conjunction with Spanish Central American Culture and Civilization,
a service-learning course taught by Reagan. Students worked at the Escuela Ana Frank
(Ana Frank School) near San José, teaching English and computer programming to children.
Zizzi lived with a local family for the duration of the two-week trip, something
she found both challenging and exciting.
“It was difficult at first, but I liked living with a family because I learned so
much about Costa Rica from them,” she says. “It was also a great way to immerse
myself in the language, and as a result I noticed a significant improvement in my
During J-term 2013, Zizzi took Reagan’s Spanish Service-Learning class. The course
offers intensive practice in conversational Spanish through the study of current
issues relating to Latinos in the U.S. Zizzi worked at the Office of Multicultural
Affairs in Richmond two mornings a week.
“I translated fliers from English to Spanish, helped Spanish speakers fill out forms,
and answered the phones,” she says. “This experience opened my eyes to the difficulties
that non-English speakers face when they want to do something that we take for granted,
such as applying for financial aid, finding employment, or signing up for a class.”
Zizzi hopes to participate in an internship
soon so that she can gain some hands-on experience in the workplace. Whatever the
future brings, she knows that her R-MC family will always be there.
“Eventually I hope to have a career in which I can utilize my passions for Spanish
and sociology,” she says. “Thankfully, my R-MC professors are always willing to
work with me to make sure I’m on the right track.”
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