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Meet Meg Liwag ’27 Growing up in Lexington, Liwag saw firsthand how members of the W&L community made an impact, and she knew she wanted to be part of that.

Meg-Liwag-600x400 Meet Meg Liwag ’27

Meg Liwag ’27
Hometown: Lexington, Virginia
Major: Accounting

Why did you choose to come to W&L?
I chose to come to Washington and Lee because of the way that members of the W&L community have influenced my upbringing. Growing up in Lexington, I have always looked up to W&L students, staff and faculty because of the way that they positively impact the town. I remember going to elementary school with children of professors who were more than willing to give their time to teach us basic lessons about their fields of study. I would also encounter W&L students who would devote their time to my middle school and high school as after-school tutors to assist my classmates who were struggling with content from their classes. Regardless of where I was, there was always something good that came from a member of the W&L community, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that.

Have you discovered a course or topic that you didn’t expect to study when you first came to W&L?
I’ve discovered an unexpected interest in philosophy since coming to W&L. In my first term, I took Intro to Moral and Political Philosophy with Matt Lamb (visiting assistant professor of philosophy), which I greatly enjoyed. The discussions regarding political issues from a philosophical lens were incredibly stimulating and amusing. This led me to further explore my newfound interest in Winter Term, so I decided to take another philosophy course — Introduction to Logic with Angela Sun (assistant professor of philosophy). She is one of the best professors I’ve had, and she makes evaluating arguments incredibly entertaining. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself pursuing a philosophy minor in the future.

What has been your most impactful experience at W&L, either on or off-campus?
My most impactful experience at W&L so far was getting hired as a University Ambassador. I still remember touring W&L as a nervous high school junior wondering if I would get into a school that I loved so much. Now, getting to be the person who shows prospective students all the opportunities that W&L provides while I’m still in awe that I’m here feels like such a full-circle moment for me. I am incredibly excited to be trusted with the role of showcasing how formative and wonderful W&L is to other people.

Have you found a mentor on campus?
My mentor on campus is Lloyd Tanlu (associate professor of accounting). He is my first-year adviser who has helped me navigate all the uncertainty typical for a first-year student. He eased my nervousness when it came to class registration and guided me as I constructed a class schedule that fulfills my needs while still being tailored to my interests. Most importantly, he’s just a genuinely good person that I know I can always count on.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class so far has been Introduction to Spanish Literature with Ellen Mayock (Ernest Williams II Professor of Spanish). My class only had five people in it, which allowed all of us to form a better understanding of the material that was being taught. Dr. Mayock incorporated different teaching methods such as songs, poetry, movie clips and games in order to appeal to our different learning styles. Our small class size allowed us all to form valuable friendships with each other that made us feel like a family by the end of the term.