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R-MC Connections Unique, Meaningful
R-MC Connections Unique, Meaningful
Brandie Carey '15 and Cindy Szadokierski '81
Randolph-Macon College alumna
Cindy Szadokierski ’81
has long known the joy of giving back to others. Szadokierski has been to Cambodia 25 times; on her first trip, in 2007, she began working with a charity called A New Day Cambodia.
“We literally took children out of a living, working dump and put them in clean housing, providing food, education and—most importantly—hope for a better future,” she says. “Over the years I have seen these kids grow and flourish in this environment and it has really changed who I am.”
This year, Szadokierski is also involved in another Cambodian charity, One Hundred Pounds of Hope (based in Richmond, Virginia). One Hundred Pounds of Hope began by funding rice to underserved provinces in Cambodia and has evolved to building schools for the children in these same impoverished areas. Earlier this year, Szadokierski was in Cambodia for two weeks, working with both organizations.
“I was drawn to these charities because of the education element; young girls are especially at risk and are abused at an alarmingly high rate,” she says. “Education is their salvation and will change the culture of Cambodia over time.”
Yellow Jacket Connections
Szadokierski’s passion to help others extends to her Randolph-Macon family. She was instrumental in securing an
Brandie Carey ’15
, who this summer will intern at EducationUSA in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
“It really is a coincidence—I call it divine intervention—but when I was in Cambodia in 2013, I wanted to learn more about EducationUSA, a program between the U.S. Embassy and Pannasastra University that could benefit some of the children at A New Day Cambodia,” says Szadokierski. “The program prepares Cambodian high-school students to be able to compete for entrance into U.S. colleges, and to earn scholarships.” Since retiring in 2013 from United Airlines, where she served as vice-president of international operations, Szadokierski had been looking for
opportunities for R-MC students.
“As I learned more about the program and talked to representatives from the Embassy and the University, my mind started spinning. I asked them about the possibility of having an R-MC student as an intern, and they said yes! I am thrilled, and I know Brandie is going to love this wonderful country and its people.”
minor following a
track, worked closely with members of
staff in applying for the internship. Cathy Rollman, director of professional development, and Josh Quinn, medical careers coordinator, assisted Carey with application materials, met with her to discuss the details of the internship, and helped her write a cover letter and résumé.
combines an exceptional education, faculty mentorship,
connections and career preparation for a competitive advantage in the marketplace and lifelong success.
In Cambodia, Carey will assist with social-media outreach, make presentations about college life in the U.S., develop educational advising resources, and assist with teaching an SAT preparatory class.
“I am very excited about the internship,” says Carey, a member of the Pre-health Society and
Beta Beta Beta
(the biological honors society). “I am so grateful to Cindy for this opportunity. Not only did she generously fund my travel costs, but she will fly with me and help me get settled in Cambodia. I chose R-MC because of the people—everyone is friendly and willing to help out, and therefore you make very close, personal connections with faculty, peers, professors, and alumni. Cindy is a perfect example of what makes R-MC so special to me.”
Szadokierski is excited to be part of an endeavor that will enrich Carey’s life now and for years to come.
“This cultural journey will enhance the learning experience exponentially and will have a tremendous impact on Brandie’s future,” she says.
is an intensive four-year program that prepares students for life after college. Located within the Career for Personal and Professional Development,
gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops,
, one-on one advising and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
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