Alexa Fisher '13
A campus tour made all the difference for Randolph-Macon College student Alexa
The Baltimore, Maryland native attended an Accepted
Students Day event, and “students were shouting, ‘Come to Randolph-Macon!’”
she recalls. “It was nice to see people so excited to be on campus that they went
out of their way to welcome me. It was obvious from the beginning that people were
happy to be here.”
Fisher, an English major and
communication studies minor, will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, where
she will pursue a Masters in Public Administration and Policy degree.
“I would like a career in student affairs and would eventually like to become a
dean of students at a small college or university,” says Fisher, who will serve
as a Graduate Fellow for Residence Life at Virginia Tech.
“Graduate Fellows function much like Resident Assistants,” she explains. “I will
serve as a first responder, and also create and implement events and programs for
Fisher is a member of
Kappa Alpha Theta,
Order of Omega, Rho
Lambda, and Omicron Delta Kappa.
She serves as special events coordinator for the
Campus Events Committee and previously served as president of the
College Panhellenic Council and vice president of Sigma Tau Delta. She
also traveled during January Term (J-term)
and participated in two internships.
“My first internship was at St. Joseph’s
Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, where I performed clerical duties and helped
raise funds for their annual golf tournament,” says Fisher. “An internship is a
great way to gain experience in the ‘real world.’”
Fisher also works as an intern in the R-MC Office
of Student Life, where she has organized various student events, including
the first annual Greek Leadership Institute.
“This kind of on-the-job training is something I will cherish for a long time.”
she says. “Working with Student Life helped me discover my true passion: creating
an environment outside the classroom where students can learn as well as unwind
after being in classes all day.”
Small Class Sizes = Big Opportunities
The faculty-student ratio at R-MC is an important part of Fisher’s academic success.
“I have especially enjoyed English Professor Tom Peyser’s classes,” she says. “He
makes every class interesting and a joy to participate in. I have taken at least
four of his classes and thoroughly enjoyed each one.”
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have played a part in Alexa’s education,
and to have watched her skills unfold from year to year at Randolph-Macon,” says
Peyser. “Always well-prepared, she takes chances in class discussions and her writing,
and has taken full advantage of the space Randolph-Macon gives students to experiment
Commencement Day will be bittersweet for Fisher.
“I’m excited about the future, but a part of me wishes I didn’t have to leave Randolph-Macon,”
she says. “There is no place I would have rather spent my undergraduate career.
I am thankful for all that Randolph-Macon College has given me, both inside and
outside the classroom. R-MC will always hold a big place in my heart.”
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in internships in the U.S. and around the
globe. The Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify
their interests and match 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.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps 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.