Lauren Vondracek '14
Randolph-Macon College student Lauren Vondracek ’14 is an
accounting and economics/business
major. The Edgewood, Maryland native says the R-MC community offers students a world
“I think that the size and atmosphere of the campus are great features of Randolph-Macon,”
she says. “Having smaller class sizes, for example, makes it easy to get one-on-one
attention both inside and outside of the classroom and helps to establish strong
Vondracek, who plans to take the Certified Public Accountant exam after graduation,
is setting her sights on a career in auditing at a large regional or national firm.
She has worked with staff from The EDGE,
R-MC’s four-year career preparation program, throughout the past four years, as
she readies herself for life after college.
“I worked a lot with Cathy Rollman, director of personal development, who helped
me with my résumé and interview skills,” she says. “With her help, I secured an
internship during my junior year.” Vondracek
interned at CliftonLarsonAllen, an accounting firm, at their Timonium, Maryland
location. She updated management and engagement letters, chose samples for testing,
and performed office-related work such as scanning and mailing.
“I interned in the audit department for employee benefit plans,” she says, “and
ultimately I became responsible for eligibility and contribution testing. The eligibility
testing is done to verify that only employees who are eligible to contribute to
the benefit plan are contributing. The contribution testing is done to verify that
contributions are properly allocated as requested by the employee or set forth by
the plan. My internship experience was terrific; it really gave me a glimpse into
what my future career might entail.”
An active member of the R-MC community, Vondracek is a member of the Leadership
Fellows, a multi-year program that facilitates leadership development. Participants
learn the theories of and trends in leadership through community service and develop
a Personal Leadership Development Plan.
“The Leadership program taught me that there are a lot of different ways to be a
leader,” she says. “You do not have to be involved in every activity, heading every
organization. You can be a leader while being in the ‘background’ of activities
and organizations and supporting others. The Leadership program made me realize
that, although I was not one of those people who is always front and center in a
leadership position, I still possess leadership capabilities and, in fact, I am
Vondracek, a member of the Honors Program and an accounting tutor in the Higgins
Academic Center (HAC), has great advice for the newest Yellow Jackets.
“Get involved in campus organizations,” she says. “That’s a great way to build self-confidence
and leadership skills. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. R-MC faculty and staff
are always willing to help in any way they can.”