Heather Porter '07
“My experiences at Randolph-Macon College are the reason I went into my profession,”
says Heather Porter ’07. As assistant director of Academic Support
& Supplemental Instruction (SI) in the Center for Student Achievement at Salisbury
University, Porter oversees all aspects of the SI program, supervising and training
peer leaders to provide weekly small-group study sessions. She also works individually
with more than 80 students, helping them find their passion, declare a major, and
plan their academic course work.
The Value of Connections
“As a result of my R-MC experiences, I truly understand the value of connections,”
says Porter, who majored in French and minored
in secondary education. “I want to provide
the same type of learning environment for the students with whom I work. At R-MC
I learned teaching methodologies that I use with my student-leaders, and my own
experience in choosing a major helps me encourage students to pursue majors that
interest and excite them.”
Porter’s study-abroad experience in Paris,
France was one of the highlights of her college career.
“I could not imagine studying French any other way,” she says. “Hearing the different
French dialects enhanced my language skills immeasurably. I grew so much as a result
of my travels through France—my first time abroad. Through frequenting local cafés
for a petit-dejeuner, shopping, and even swimming at a local gym, I learned
to appreciate the French culture and language. Traveling to France with my classmates
and French Professors Aouicha Hilliard and Sandrine Teixidor gave me the built-in
support I needed to venture outside of my comfort zone. I learned so much about
myself, my interests, and the world around me.”
Porter, who earned her M.Ed. at the University of South Carolina, offers advice
to new Yellow Jackets as they settle into life at college.
“Make your R-MC experiences your own,” says Porter. “The liberal
arts education allows you to explore your interests, your goals, and ultimately
your unique identity. Value and pursue that opportunity to its fullest extent. Randolph-Macon
provided outstanding academic and out-of-class
experiences, and it was the integration of both that made my experience
one for which I will always be thankful.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students
for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with
students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to
find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for
successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE and Alumni Network
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and
Career Development, helps Randolph-Macon 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.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of
settings. The Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S.
and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and
Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches
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
The Four-Year Degree Guarantee
The college’s Four-Year Degree
Guarantee states in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon
will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95
percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important
value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs offer students
a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves
in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January
Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research
under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national
and international conferences.
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