John Adam '16
Randolph-Macon College student John Adam ’16: athlete, scholar, traveler. And that’s just the beginning. Adam, a communication studies major and journalism minor, knew that R-MC would be a good fit after he talked to several members of the Yellow Jacket community.
“I chose R-MC because of the passion that students and alumni have for the college,” says the Vienna, Virginia native. “Everyone I talked to—students, alumni, professors, coaches—was eager to share their experiences with me. Their enthusiasm made me realize that R-MC was right for me.”
Campus ConnectionsAdam is a member of the varsity tennis team, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a Resident Assistant.
“Playing tennis for R-MC is an honor, and it’s taught me leadership, patience and sportsmanship,” says Adam, who has played competitively since the 8th grade. “Playing at the collegiate level was something I never dreamed could happen. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”
As president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Adam is in charge of the overall operations of the fraternity. Sigma Phi Epsilon members participate in community-service events throughout the year. Each week, for example, SPE members volunteer at the BARK pet-adoption shelter in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Adam is also the recipient of the Kearney Memorial Scholarship. The fund was established in 1966 by Dr. Frank Kearney as a memorial to his son, Henry S. Kearney, a Randolph-Macon student during 1966-67. “My scholarship means a lot to me,” says Adam. “Knowing that someone donated money to send me to such an amazing school is a great feeling; it motivates me every day to work hard.”
World TravelerIn January 2014, Adam traveled to China to visit his sister, who works there. The experience was life-changing.
“It was absolutely amazing,” he says. “I learned so much from traveling and experiencing a different culture. It was such a thrill that I decided to study abroad later this year.”
In fall 2014, Adam will spend a semester abroad in Valparaiso, Chile at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. Tammi Reichel, the study abroad advisor in R-MC’s Office of International Education, helped Adam with the application process.
“Living and studying in Chile will help enhance my college experience by showing me how the world looks from a different perspective," he says. "After traveling to Asia, I am eager to see more of the world. I hope to improve my Spanish-speaking skills and learn more about Chile’s culture; at the same time, I’ll be taking communication studies courses. I am also excited to stay with a host family; I have heard that it’s a great way to immerse yourself in another culture.”
MentorshipCommunication Studies Professor Joan Connors has been instrumental in Adam’s success at R-MC.
“She is my advisor and has been very helpful to me,” he says. “She has helped me choose courses, and she is someone I can talk to about anything—including the many choices I will need to make about my post-R-MC life. Her classes are fun and thought-provoking—so much so that I chose communication studies as my major.” Although Adam’s post-R-MC plans are still in the works, he hopes to have a sports-related career, whether in broadcasting, reporting, managing, or coaching.
Yellow Jacket PrideThe best thing about being a Yellow Jacket, says Adam, is feeling at home on campus.
“Everyone here is friendly and eager to make the college experience the best it can possibly be,” he says. “The R-MC community wants the best for me and encourages me to reach my potential.” His advice to other Yellow Jackets?
“Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to you,” he says. “Take part in activities, be a leader, participate in Greek Life and student organizations, and join or cheer on sports teams. Being a Yellow Jacket goes beyond the classroom. It’s a lifelong connection.”