Elizabeth Luminoso '13: "I absolutely love traveling the world."
Randolph-Macon College student Elizabeth Luminoso ’13 is an
English and religious studies
major with a minor in journalism. The Weston,
Connecticut native is also a traveler at heart.
“I absolutely love traveling the world, so when I found out I could also earn college
hours while traveling, I thought, ‘Sign me up!’” says Luminoso, who participated
in four January Term (J-term) study-travel courses
during her college career. She traveled to Italy,
El Salvador, and twice to Guatemala.
“Chaplain Darrell Headrick, who led the 2010 Italy trip and the 2011 Guatemala journey,
truly made those trips a joy,” says Luminoso. “His knowledge of world religions
and cultures is almost as amazing as the countries themselves. He should seriously
consider becoming a tour guide in Italy, as his love for Italian art and history
is enough to make anyone want to study religion.”
In 2012, Luminoso traveled to El Salvador, and in 2013 she went back to Guatemala
in conjunction with Sociology Professor
Beth Gill’s Human Rights in the Global Village course. Students helped build
houses, working alongside local families and communicating with charade-like gestures
because of the language barrier. Luminoso says it was an experience that is difficult
“Professor Gill is truly one of a kind,” she says. “She is interested in other cultures
and has such an empathetic personality; these traits make her the perfect sociology
professor. I could talk forever about my experiences abroad and can honestly say
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those experiences.”
Habitat for Humanity
Luminoso, a member of R-MC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, has also benefited from
the guidance of staff members Christina Cozart (residence
life and housing) and Megan Senske ’06(advancement).
“They serve as advisors for our chapter,” she says. “They help students, including
myself, build their leadership skills and confidence. In addition, James McGhee
(student life) served as my advisor for
the past four years as well as for the Student
Government Association, of which I’m a member. His upbeat, ‘nothing’s impossible’
attitude inspires students to give it their all.”
After Commencement, Luminoso will participate in the Disney College Program in Orlando,
Florida. R-MC is an educational partner with the Disney College Program, which offers
student the opportunity to “live, learn, and earn” while enjoying the magic of Disney.
Luminoso will work as a Disney lifeguard until January 2014, after which she hopes
to work for Habitat for Humanity or Amnesty International.
Advice for New Yellow Jackets
“Take advantage of all that R-MC has to offer,” says Luminoso, who is also a member
of Alpha Gamma Delta.
“There are so many great opportunities at Randolph-Macon, from organizations and
Greek life to the
Center for Personal and Career Development and
study abroad. Don’t wait until senior year to get involved. I came in
as a scared little freshman and am leaving a strong, confident alumna. I can’t thank
R-MC enough for the change it has made in my life.”
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.