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Alumna Success: Carlie Pendleton '13
Alumna Success: Carlie Pendleton '13
Carlie Pendleton '13
Carlie Pendleton ’13
has always had an interest in history, and when she came to Randolph-Macon, that interest turned into a passion.
“At R-MC I was shown the true art behind history,” she says, “and I learned it wasn’t a dusty discipline of facts, dates, and figures.” The
major participated in several independent-study courses and research projects. Her extensive research into Reformation Europe deepened her interest in early modern history, and in fall 2014 she will head to University of Oxford to pursue an M.Phil. in Modern British and European History.
“When I received my acceptance letter from Oxford, I was thrilled,” she says. “I applied there because it is one of the finest universities in the world—and because I knew that my R-MC education had prepared me well for the rigors of graduate school, whether at Oxford or anywhere else in the world. When I received the email informing me of my acceptance, I was exhilarated, and I look forward to building on what I’ve learned at Randolph-Macon."
A Lifelong Learner
“My R-MC education is the reason I have the opportunities I enjoy today,” says Pendleton. “At Randolph-Macon I learned that hard work, self-sufficiency, and dedication to service equal success in today’s world.”
Pendleton served for four years on R-MC’s Academic Integrity Council, learning firsthand the importance of maintaining and enforcing academic standards. “In addition, my work on two history search committees gave me insight into what colleges look for when hiring professors,” she says. “I plan on teaching at the college level, so this experience was very helpful to me.” The personal attention she received at R-MC was equally important to Pendleton’s success.
“The support I received from my professors and the administration helped me achieve my academic and personal goals,” she says, “including the desire to go to graduate school. A liberal arts education feeds both the mind and the soul and develops students who are well-rounded, lifelong learners.”
“In addition to keeping in touch with her fellow alumni, Pendleton has maintained friendships with Professors Aouicha Hilliard (
) and Anne Throckmorton (
). “Whenever I doubt myself or need advice, academic or otherwise, they are there for me,” she says. “Because of their guidance I am ready for graduate school.”
Hilliard says that Pendleton came to R-MC with an intellectual curiosity that made her open to all that the college offers.
“Our advising sessions always went beyond the mere selection of courses,” says Hilliard. “Carlie would explain why she thought a course she proposed to take would complement this or that other course—she wanted coherence in her program of study. Or she would select a course because it promised to shed light on a particular question she was intrigued by. During these meetings, Carlie learned to refine her thinking and think her way toward a clearer sense of the connection between subjects and disciplines. Because she was my student and my advisee, I had the privilege of witnessing her growing sophistication.” A few weeks ago, Hilliard joined her former student for dinner to celebrate Pendleton’s acceptance at Oxford.
“Carlie told me about her research and I told her about mine,” says Hilliard. “Our conversation lasted three hours.” Pendleton was especially proud to share the news that a research paper she wrote for her capstone was published several months ago in the Johns Hopkins journal
Throckmorton notes that Pendleton took advantage of every opportunity that R-MC offers.
“She chose to engage with challenging material, sought feedback from her professors and incorporated it into her work, and always accepted invitations to present her research. I am so proud of her accomplishments."
“I want to say ‘thank you’ to Randolph-Macon,” says Pendleton. “Thank you for accepting me into your institution, thank you for the generous
that allowed me to attend, thank you for the academic and emotional support that nurtured me while I was there, and thank you for sending me back into the world a better person.”
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