Keshara Cochrane '17
Randolph-Macon College student Keshara Cochrane ’17 is a
sociology/anthropology major who is following a
pre-med track. Cochrane is setting her sights on medical school.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Cochrane says the science courses she is taking
as a pre-med student will prepare her for the
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is required by most medical schools.
The MCAT assesses problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis and knowledge
of scientific concepts and principles. Students apply to medical schools in their
As a member of R-MC’s Pre-Health Society, Cochrane attends medical-related events,
giving her a glimpse into career possibilities. A recent trip to The George Washington
University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. gave Cochrane
and her pre-med classmates the opportunity to tour the hospital and meet with R-MC
alumni who are currently first-year medical students.
R-MC has an Early
Selection partnership with GWU, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Virginia
Commonwealth University School of Medicine. R-MC also has a Guaranteed Admission
Agreement with the George Washington
University School of Nursing and an Early Assurance Program with the
Eastern Virginia Medical School Physician Assistant program.
Joshua Quinn, medical careers coordinator for the
Randolph-Macon EDGE, accompanied
Pre-Health Society members on the trip to GWU. The
EDGE, within the Center for Personal
and Career Development, is a four-year program that assists students
in developing a competitive edge in the job market and graduate-school admissions
“I want to become a doctor because I want to help people,” says Cochrane, whose
clinical experience as a brain science intern at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
during the summer of 2013 helped solidify her decision. At Johns Hopkins, she was
paired with a doctor for the summer who served as her mentor, and she worked on
a brain science-related project with her during the eight-week internship. Cochrane
hopes to become an anesthesiologist.
“I would like to combine all of my interests—my major, plus my desire to help others,
and my interest in medicine—in my studies and in my future career,” she says.
Cochrane is a member of Nourish International, an on-campus program that supports
the empowerment and enablement of impoverished communities. Nourish International
organizes Hunger Lunches on campus, selling meals to students and faculty to raise
money for the cause.
She is also a member of the Black Cultural Society, which serves to educate the
Randolph-Macon community about Black culture. The group, which meets weekly, is
mentored by Monique Sample, coordinator of Student Life.
Yellow Jacket Pride
“I chose Randolph-Macon for the amazing financial aid
I was offered, the challenging academic program, and
the small class sizes,” says Cochrane, a Dean’s Award scholarship recipient. Students
who have demonstrated strong leadership
while maintaining academic success may receive a Dean’s Award. She is proud to be
a Yellow Jacket—and she has some good advice for her fellow students.
“The best thing about being a Yellow Jacket is the amazing education I am receiving,”
she says. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are so many people
at Randolph-Macon who are willing to help you.”