Brittany Mihalcoe '14
Randolph-Macon College student Brittany Mihalcoe ’14 recently received
an acceptance letter from Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy. The Richmond,
Virginia native, thrilled at the great news, says the letter was the result of four
years of hard work.
“I have been working toward attending pharmacy school since my freshman year at
R-MC,” says Mihalcoe, a biology major and chemistry minor who follows a
pre-med track. “I’m excited to start this new phase of my life.”
Getting The EDGE
Mihalcoe has been preparing for the rigors of pharmacy school by working with staff
from The EDGE, R-MC’s
four-year career preparation program. Located within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, The EDGE
gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions
process. Workshops, internships, 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.
Mihalcoe worked extensively with Joshua Quinn, the medical careers coordinator for
“Josh helped me write my résumé and personal essay, shared strategies for taking
the Pharmacy College Admission Test, and helped me hone my interview skills—all
of which I put into use when I applied to pharmacy schools,” says Mihalcoe. As a
member of R-MC’s Pre-health Society, she met with other pre-health students and
attended lectures, some of which were led by R-MC alumni who shared insights into
their health-related careers.
Mihalcoe is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, an international women’s fraternity,
and Beta Beta Beta, a national biology
honor society. Since her freshman year she has worked at a local pharmacy, and she
recently began working as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Bon Secours Memorial
Regional Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
“A Certified Pharmacy Technician performs pharmacy related functions, and works
under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist,” she explains. “This is a
great way for me to get real-world experience in my chosen field. I enjoy working
with patients and helping them to better understand their medications.”
Yellow Jackets are one big family, says Mihalcoe.
“My advice to new members of the R-MC community? Get involved. Cheer on your favorite
Yellow Jacket team, or meet
your friends at the library,
Brock Commons, or the gym
whenever you can. And if you need help, don’t be afraid to talk to your professors.
They are always available if you need them.”
R-MC’s Pre-health Program
Randolph-Macon College offers a pre-profession program for students interested in
pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry,
nursing, veterinary science, physical therapy,
and other health sciences. Qualified students can take advantage of unique
partnerships with leading schools for advanced studies in a range of health
care fields. Randolph-Macon is justifiably proud of its record in pre-med education.
A large majority of Randolph-Macon students who have applied to medical schools
gained admission to their first-choice schools.