Randolph-Macon College Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Hanna

Be more open to making new friends and explore the area around the college more. It really helps you to not get as homesick if you are going to college far away from home.

Diamond

I would want them to know that they should look at all the aspects of any college they are interested in, not just the price tag. A certain school may cost a lot more than another school, but you have to look at what you are getting for your money. Take advantage of everything that is offered at your school: tutoring, couseling, career services. While in are in school it is good to know what your limit is. Do not overload with too many clubs or organizations. Schools should be your number one focus while in college, but you should also have fun and let loose.

Mary

Dear me, As you are about to enter college, it's very important to understand who you are and what you are trying to get out of the college experience. Knowing these things can affect decisions on friends, classes, degrees, and your entire future. While you may not have an exact plan for your entire future and career goals, and you do have time to figure it out, don't stop thinking about it or assume it will work itself out. Do what you think you will be happiest doing as well as what you would be successful doing. Don't allow people to pressure you into doing things that you know aren't right. Also, make sure you take the time to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Putting in the extra effort now and each year could drastically affect the amount of debt that you graduate with.

Daryn

The college experience has been very meaningful to me because I was very nervous. I attended three different high schools, but college was a big step for me. I had just gotten kicked out of my house, and the small, friendly, welcoming atmosphere of Randolph-Macon College helped me to do well and enjoy life to the maximum.

LaChelle

When I first decided to attend Randolph-Macon, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that when I visited I felt at home, and had the support of many people to succeed. Growing up I didn't have many people supporting me and my goals, but at this college I felt the need to make so many people proud that they chose me to be a Yellow Jacket. For the past two years, I have gained so many friends and mentors, and made so many long-lasting connections with Alumni. I have a wonderful campus job that has given me experience in working in the office, and with Alumni. I have now builded my resume more than I had ever done while in high school, and I had a job and volunteer everywhere. At Randolph-Macon has given me the foundation necessary to be very successful, and I am so grateful that they accepted me and have given me so many opportunities. I have, and will take, every lesson learned with me after I graduate, and utilize them to the best of my abilities. Thank you Randolph-Macon College for everything you've given me.

Sandra

One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of college is taking care of you. No one is there to monitor your physical health so it is important that you become aware of your body and provide for its needs so that you can be successful. Also, you need to know how to take care of yourself psychologically. College comes with a lot of pressure, but it is important to remember to not stress. Most of the changes that occur in college are not that different from the adjustments of switching between middle school and high school. There are a lot of new concepts and responsibilities expected of you, but they are bearable. However, not stressing is not an excuse to be complacent. The work load is harder, but is manageable with good time management and study skills. Moreover, be aware that there are not as many chances to mess up academically as there were in high school. A paper in college could very well be worth 50% of your final grade. Rather than stressing out about it, develop a plan to complete the assignment successfully and ask for advice from your teachers.

Catherine

If I could go back and give myself advice, I would encourge myself to apply to a larger university. At the time when I was applying to college I didnt have the confidence to be my own person in a large school. So instead I went to a smaller college, RMC. While it is a nice school, it doesnt offer as many majors or courses in general that I could take advantage of if I went to a bigger school. Also I would have the oppurtunity to meet many different people that are unlike myself.

Alma

Be ready to work hard. Don't think just because you made good grades in high school doesn't mean you can skate through college too. Have confidence in yourself. Things can be nervewracking at first but just be yourself and you will find people you click with. Also, if you have an interest in something, don't be afraid to pursue it.

Grace

When looking at colleges, pick something that's close to home. The weekends can get loud and you will miss your family. Research all the schools that have a small class sizes. Also, look at the tution compared to the scholarships and aid avaliable. Consider schools that give out full ride scholarships, because not all schools do. Earphones are a must to maintain a positive relationship with your roommate. Also, keep an open mind about all your classes and the people you have yet to meet.

Aliya

Dear Aliya- School is going to be just a wee bit harder than you think. Relax, getting a C isnt as bad as you think. It is okay to go ask for help; that is wh professors are here. Remember that you must take your Vitamin C everyday because it is ten times easier to get sick in a dorm. You must confront problems with people when they start to affect you. You cant let your roomate walk over you for your entire year. Dont forget that if you let laundry pile up, there is no one to clean it for you. :) Finally, remember that this is the school you chose. Your experience her all depends on what you make of it. So live each moment to the max and get ready for the time of your life!

Bobby

I would just tell myself to try a little harder in the time leading up to college. I am, however, very pleased with the way everything turned out.

Olivia

As a freshman, I focused only on academic success. This mindset was not necessarily bad, except that I isolated myself socially because I feared being distracted from my studies. I did not get involved in organizations or put effort into making and being a friend. Because of this, I felt very alone on my campus. But as the year progressed, I realized this was on my fault because I was not taking advantage of opportunities to meet new people and plug into my community. I viewed the people who had friends as not taking their studies seriously; why would you come to college and not be academically successful? I did not understand that to enjoy college, you needed to become active in your community and make social networks that support different kinds of learning. I applied and was accepted to be a Resident Assistant, and I joined Alpha Gamma Delta in the fall of my sophomore year. These steps to investing in my college social experience completely changed my outlook. I would advise myself to welcome a different kind of learning, and the opportunity to make and value the social support that comes when you are invested in your community.

Matthew

I did it just right.

Kayci

First and foremost, it is extremely important to visit any and every college that a potential student is interested in; preferably when students are still on campus (not on school break). Walking the campus, seeing the classrooms and dorms gives you a really good idea on what it will be like living on campus. Double check the courses and major/minors available, to make sure it fits your needs. If you are undecided on what you want to do, make sure the school offers a variety of courses for incoming students to take inorder to discover what you would like to do. Never let the price of a college deter you, if you want it bad enough, and the school wants you bad enough, it will all work out through scholarships and loans. Once in college, make sure you experience everything, even things you won't like--clubs, organizations, intermurals, greek life, sports, everything. Don't let your social life keep you from your academic life. Find a way to balance school and play, even if it means studying on a friday night. Most of all have fun, live it up, you only go to college for four years.

Enam

Save money for your childs tuition and expenses.

Kaila

Take a trip to the perspective college and have a good look around and randomly stop people to ask questions and see what you find out.

Darren

For any student, whether an athlete or not, college is about finding the right fit for you. Many campuses are big and many are small, and some may seem more glorious than others but when the semester starts, it is only about how you feel in your environment. If a person cannot enjoy the people, the environment and the school as a whole, then no scholarship any size could replace that feeling. College is the first major step for those searching for careers of interest and a person has to go the the trials of life such as friends, classwork and more before emerging into a career status. College is about developing from the teen we were in High School into men and women that will make a difference in the world someday. It is about finding your purpose in life so that you can live and strive, and in the end when a person looks back on their life they will not have regrets and know that if they could, they would do it all again.

Maximilian

College needs to be fun. Itis the last chance to gain educationbefore you work the rest of your life. pick a college that is financially the best fit. Small schools can be better than big schools because of one on one professor intercation,social life, and ability to recieve financial aid. Don't procrastinate on the college applications because alot of information needs to be provided to them.

Amanda

The moment I left Randolph-Macon College after a visit, there was something inside me that knew this was the place I was supposed to be. I visited over ten difference colleges in North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia, and none of those schools gave me that feeling like Randolph-Macon did. In my experience, you just know when you have picked the right college. You walk away from your visit with a smile on your face knowing you are going to be a part of something extraordinary and exciting. When it comes to making the most out of your college experience, my advice to you is to regret nothing. You can spend all the time in the world wondering what would have happened if you had gone out just one more night, went to one more party, orstudied just one more hour. You end up wasting more time worry about things you should have done and not enjoying the things you did experience. What?s done is done and all you can do is take that next step forward. So decide what you want to do and do it with no regrets or second thoughts.

Marlene

I think that in finding the right school, you need to take into account all of your interests and values. Think about whether a Sunday dinner at home is important to you and make it possible by staying close to home if it is. Find places that offer programs of your interests but never limit yourself! It is unbelieveable how much you change over four years. You'll be amazed with what you find yourself participating in as a senior. As freshman, make sure you get ontop of your grades from the beginning. You never know what kind of activities you will eventually want to be a part of that require a certain GPA. Don't let mistakes your first year limit yourself for the rest of your college experience. Figure out a balance between having the time of your life and achieving academic excellence. Make connections with your professors, they will help you find jobs and internships.

Brittney

If you want a small school Macon is it. Roles are reversed here, kids that seemed like losers in highschool make is big oddly enough at RMC. greek life controls the campus even though there are only 4 sororities and about 6 frats.

Daniel

When searching for a college it is important to find something that is what is right for you; not what your parents want or what your friend is doing. While in college it is important to connect with your professors. You will find that they have a great passion for what they do and would be more than happy to help you with anything you need. Also it is important to get involved on campus. By joining clubs and volunteering you will gain a greater appreciation for your college, and have outlets for the stress that comes with the academic pressure. Most importantly, make the most of every opportunity that you have while in college, because you will have the chance to do things now that you may never be able to do again.

Monica

For the students, you may come to college excited and scared to be on your own. However, you do get homesick. The work is much harder. if you get behind it is really hard to catch up. Don't come to school dating someone. It's hard and it rarely works out. Just causes more stress. The college classes do not have alot of grades per class. You usually have 2 or 3 papers, a mid-term and a final exam, and that is your grade. You don't get extra work to bring your grade up. YOU need to make the effort to get involved in clubs, etc.

Amanda

Pick 3 things that your college has to have and then 3 things that your college absolutly can't have, then go from there. You can't expect to go to a place and love it even if it is the best school in the nation if it doesn't have something that you must have or has something that you hate. Nothing is to big or small to put on your list. My list of must haves included a football team, freshman could drive, and food in the cafe I liked. Pick things that work for you. There are enough great schools in the nation to find the perfect school for you. When you visit a school or look a their infomation you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.

william

Choosing the right college is a very challenging process in which the student should take the time to research and think about the college they want to attend. The best advice is to choose the school where one feels most comfortable and that fits ones specific academic and social needs. The parent should not be dormant in the college choosing process. Even though the parent should not make the final decision, they should help their child make a list of appropriate colleges and help guide their child into making the right decision. Making the choice and getting into the college is the hard part, the rest is easy! The student needs to make the most of their college experience. They need to make sure that as a freshman, they study hard and get off to a good start. The student is at a great advantage if one obtains a great GPA at the end of their freshman year. A student also needs to get out and experience everything the college has to offer. After college is the real world, the more one does now, the better prepared they are for life in the future.

Katie

As a tour guide at Randolph-Macon College, I have come into contact with many students who were making their final college decisions. My advice is to ask as many questions as you can. Afterall you will be spening four years of your life at the college, you need to know as much as you can. Don't worry about where your friends go to school, pick the college where you can see yourself living at for the next four years. Your college will be your new home. While in college be involved and always try to meet new people. Hang out with all your friends, the time goes by quickly don't miss any fun. Be sure to maintain your involvement inside the classroom, but don't stress too much; college is the best time of your life. Grades are important, but don't spend your four years locked inside the library.

Diane

Go to the college that feels like home.

Leslie

When deciding on an undergraduate institution, choose a school that will best fit your career goals the best that you can. If you are unsure of a major or minor, consider a small liberal arts college where you are free to discover the different possibilies and where you have many people available to guide you through your decisions. However, if you know exactly the type of career you want, then a larger technical school may be better suited for you. Whatever you are looking for in a school make sure that it is a place you can be truly happy for the time that you will be spending there.

Sarah

I would advise students and parents to visit their top college choices before making the final decision. Doing this will allow you better understand both living and learning conditions. Try to see if you can shadow a student during a day and get to know the campus from the inside out. If you are seeking a school for a specific major, interview some of the professors, ask questions about class size and teaching style. To make the most of your college experience do not get sucked into the cliques on campus. Though your first semester may be hard, in the long run you will end up with a larger and more diverse circle of friends. Do not judge others and feel free to be yourself, enjoy life, enjoy your new surroundings, and enjoy your new friends. Also be wary of glamorized partying, you are probably going to party some, but weigh the consequences before getting drunk the night before your big Bio final. Be careful not to get over-involved freshman year. Use your first semester to just dabble in a bit of everything, once you know what you will stick to and make a priority, join in the Spring!

Jordan

Sit down and think of academic dynamics and preferences that help you learn the best; i.e. small/large classrooms, guided/independent study. Once you create a general formula that will allow you to take advantage of your academic experience, research schools that may fit! And keep your options open. I knew I needed a school that offered small classes with an emphasis on student-professor relationships. I also knew I wanted to play volleyball, but that was second priority to my studies. Three weeks before I had to turn in my final acceptance and commit to a school, I was recruited by R-MC. I visited and found that R-MC offered me what I really wanted: it met my criteria on the most important levels. I grew to like the areas I wasn't fond of on my visit, because of all of the other amazing opportunities the school offered me. And while finances are a problem, I know that my experience and connections are well worth the loans that I will pay back. Prioritize, and do not let anything stand in your way from receiving and incredible academic experience where you can make invaluable connections and relationships!