The Columns

My W&L: Julia Lancaster ’15

— by on October 26th, 2015

Julia Lancaster '15

“I was lucky to start college in a supportive yet competitive program that set the precedent to succeed on and off the field.”

I got an early start to my W&L experience three years ago, because freshmen year started with three weeks of pre-season training. As a member of the women’s soccer team, I was taught the W&L style right away–work hard, but have fun.

This beginning proved to shape all aspects of my W&L experience.

I was lucky to start college in a supportive yet competitive program that set the precedent to succeed on and off the field. As my academics advanced, I continued to meet more such driven people behind the white columns of our Colonnade. My professors always encouraged me to follow my intellectual curiosities, while fellow students were always eager to collaborate to progress both our strengths and weaknesses. W&L enables students to try it all, so I’ve taken a variety of creative classes such as Professor Bower’s “Ad Class,” but have also enjoyed an independent study on contemporary German literature with Professor Youngman.

Ultimately, I believe my W&L experience has been most profound outside the classroom. The many opportunities offered to get involved in extra-curricular activities at W&L have been fundamental to my well-rounded experience. Continued involvement in campus organizations allowed me to work and socialize with diverse people, expanding my horizons bit by bit. I am thankful for everyone in the community–my coaches, advisors, friends, etc.–who always encourage taking full advantage of everything W&L has to offer.

I came in as a freshman without a clear career path and without any idea of what my future would hold. Now as a senior, I still may not know exactly where I am heading, but I will leave this unique place confident that the academic, athletic and social experiences I had with my W&L family prepared me well for the future.