Virginia Hendrick '13
Randolph-Macon College student Virginia Hendrick ’13 does things
by the numbers. That’s a good thing, because she is an
accounting and economics/business
The Mechanicsville, Virginia native, chose R-MC because of important numbers—small
“I wanted a school where the professors really get to know the students,” says Hendrick,
an ethics minor. “I knew from the moment I
first stepped on campus that this was the place for me.”
A self-described “numbers person,” Hendrick says it was easy to choose her majors.
“I like subjects whose answers are objective,” she says. “In accounting, if the
balances don’t turn out to be equal you know there is an error somewhere and you
have a chance to fix it. I appreciate the instant feedback, even though it can be
frustrating at times. The economics/business major gives me a better grasp on the
‘big picture’ topics such as supply and demand. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes
I had as part of the economics/business
curriculum, from Economic Justice to Organizational Behavior/Organizational
From Internship to Career
During spring 2013, Hendrick participated in an
internship at KLBL South, Inc., a Richmond, Virginia company that rents
and sells golf carts. She helped with day-to- day accounting functions and other
“The opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom to real-world
situations was invaluable,” says Hendrick. In June 2013, she will begin full-time
work as an audit associate at the Richmond office of Myers & Stauffer LC, which
provides professional accounting, consulting, data management and analysis services
to state and federal agencies managing government-sponsored health care programs.
“I will be conducting healthcare audits,” she explains. “I look forward to my position
with the company and I’m excited that I will be joining other Yellow Jackets in
the workplace—including Courtney Baxter ’04 and Travis Melton
Hendrick has good advice for new Yellow Jackets.
“Go to the Center for Personal and Career Development
early in your college career,” she says. “Whether you plan on working or continuing
your education, the EDGE,
within the Center for Personal and Career Development, can help you achieve your
goals. I was a freshman when I first brought my résumé in to be assessed. I established
a relationship with staff, and that was one of the most beneficial things I have
R-MC is a special community, says Hendrick.
“It has amazed me during the last four years that—even when I am traveling—people
will see my Randolph- Macon t-shirt and strike up a conversation because they have
a connection to the college. R-MC has a unique way of bringing people together.
All the professors are wonderful, but I give special thanks to Accounting Professor
Cathy Staples. She has a tough but fair way of teaching and she does her best to
make sure everyone understands the material.”
“It has been a pleasure to get to know Virginia,” says Staples. “Her work ethic
and desire to learn is tremendous. No matter what you throw at Virginia, she comes
back with both a smile and a successfully completed project. I expect great things
from her in the future!”
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.