Road Scholar

Annamarie Pagel ’11

Annamarie Pagel '11Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Major: History (Honors)

Favorite tradition: Pumpkin Parade


Annamarie Pagel’s ’11 favorite place is behind the wheel of her beloved 1997 Nissan Sentra. “Yurtle the Turtle,” as she calls it, sports 180,000 miles and has been a part of many memories for the Randolph history major. “It’s relaxing to me to drive,” said Pagel, who plans to graduate with honors. “I like being on the road and doing things myself.”

Pagel and Yurtle made their first, solo cross-country trip after her first year at Randolph College. She has been hooked on driving ever since. Last summer, she spent a month driving from her home in Tucson, Arizona, to Lynchburg, visiting different states along the way. Those adventures, along with her challenging academic work and the year she spent abroad at the College’s World in Britain program in Reading, England, have added to her independence. “I’m a lot more self confident now,” she said. “I don’t think twice about doing things on the fly by myself.”

Annamarie Pagel '11 in England.A self-confessed Trekkie, Pagel proudly calls Captain Kathryn Janeway a hero. “I’ve always wanted to be like her,” she said, grinning. “She’s this very strong female character who does what she wants to do and doesn’t take anything off anyone.”

While Pagel may never head her own starship, she has definite goals for the future. She plans to go to law school and study international law. Eventually, Pagel hopes to use her education by working for a U.S. embassy. “I love multiculturalism, and I love history,” she said. “And they both go together. History is one big story. You learn so much about why things are the way they are today.”

An interest in the judicial system and a love for Randolph’s Honor Code prompted Pagel to serve as chair of the College’s Social Violations Hearing Board this year. “A lot of colleges say they have a judicial process, but the students have no control over it,” she said. “Ours has more teeth. That is important because it gives students more valuable experiences and makes you feel more involved in your community. You aren’t just having someone pushing rules on you. It’s self-enforced. That makes you a tighter community, and it has taught me that people can make a difference.”

Pagel believes that sense of community adds a supportive element to Randolph’s academic program. “It is challenging here, and you don’t get bored. I know if I wasn’t challenged, I wouldn’t grow.”

Annamarie Pagel '11 in Egypt.