Alyssa Warren '13
Alyssa Warren ’13 is the first R-MC student to be accepted to Eastern
Virginia Medical School through
RMC’s new joint BS-MD program with EVMS.
“I am excited, honored and humbled by this amazing opportunity and gift,” says Warren,
who will serve as this year’s student speaker at
Commencement. “The Randolph-Macon College campus is where I found myself
and discovered my passion for biology and religious studies. I think when a place
leaves that kind of mark on you—when it transforms you—you feel a sense of peace
because of the direction it has given your life.”
A Fayetteville, North Carolina native, Warren says that transformation began during
her sophomore year.
“That’s when I really fell in love with Randolph-Macon College,” she says. “I started
appreciating the beauty of the campus, the perspectives of my professors, the strong
friendships I have made, and the opportunities R-MC has given to me.” Warren, a
religious studies major, says a class she took with Professor Emeritus Wallace
Martin helped solidify her passion for biology.
“I was always on the biology track (with pre-med
in mind), but it was Professor Wallace Martin’s course on non-vascular plants that
made my decision permanent—I mean, we were studying slime molds!” she jokes. “I
cannot express adequately how much I owe Professor Martin for helping me to find
my niche in biology.”
A religious studies class that Warren took was also an important turning point in
her college career.
“When I signed up for Professor Ross Wright’s Life and Letters of Paul course, I
had no idea how fully immersed in religious studies I would become,” she recalls.
“I found myself enriched, edified, and with a lot more questions that pushed me,
willingly, toward a second major. Professor Wright is an amazing and challenging
Learning by Doing
Warren, a recipient of the
Watts Scholarship for Biology, got some hands-on training during
J-term 2011 when she participated in an internship.
She shadowed Dr. George Trivette ’76 at his radiation oncology
practice in Richmond, Virginia.
“Dr. Trivette connected me with other doctors in the area,” she says. “This experience
allowed me to gain exposure to a wide range of medical fields. As a result, I can
better decide which direction I may want to take when I choose a medical field to
pursue. I appreciated, too, the fact that I could make connections across different
fields. For instance, in radiology I saw a CT scan showing severe diverticulitis
and later in pathology I saw the damage from this disease firsthand. Likewise, in
radiation oncology I saw many cancer patients, and in pathology I subsequently saw
how the dissection and examination of tumors would affect further treatment plans.
The internship allowed me to engage with medical professionals and learn from their
perspectives, to reflect on case studies, and to enhance my knowledge of the medical
Yellow Jacket Pride
Warren, the recipient of the John B. Werner
Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award and the
Presidential Scholarship, serves as the president of
Chi Beta Phi, as chaplain for the Ujima Gospel Choir, and as a mentor
and biology tutor for the Higgins Academic
Center. In addition, she is a member of the pre-health society, the REMIX
Dance Team, Beta Beta Beta, Theta Alpha Kappa, and Omicron Delta Kappa.
“The best thing about being at R-MC is having so many opportunities in front of
you,” says Warren, whose mother, Board of Trustees member Dr. Jan Carter ’78,
is a fellow Yellow Jacket. “You have the opportunity to enrich your perspective
through a liberal arts education, to make lasting connections with professors and
alumni, and to explore multiple interests.”
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.