Kiki Martire is an English major with a minor in women's and gender studies from Baltimore, Md. A member of the Class of 2015, she traveled abroad to the South Pacific during her junior year.
"In my four years here, most of my 'classrooms' were not in a classroom."
"Faculty and staff have supported me in my pursuit of fostering a greater global perspective to bring back to Lexington."
"W&L has allowed me to satisfy my need to wander."
"Being abroad for so long really changed my perspective on many aspects of W&L, and made me appreciate it so much more."
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"The one thing that will set you apart and help define you is how you cope with the challenges you face, learn from them and move on."
Emmanuel Abebrese is a biochemistry major with a minor in poverty and human capability studies from Woodbridge, Va. A member of the Class of 2015, he is a member of the Student Association for International Learning, the African Students Association and the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society. He is also the founder of Citadel Foundation for Kids, a nonprofit organization in Ghana and the U.S. that provides children with mentors, resources and training to prepare them for future global leadership and focuses on alleviating child poverty worldwide.
"W&L is a community that truly enables and encourages students to step outside of their comfort zones."
"The relationships I have made and strengthened while volunteering over the course of my time in Lexington are more important to me than I could have imagined."
After majoring in biochemistry, religion and music composition at W&L, Thomas Day took his skills to help people at their most vulnerable point in life. .
"W&L is about the people who make the traditions and community succeed."
Margaret McClintock is an English major with a minor in art history from Tunica, Miss. A member of the Class of 2015, she has been president of the Panhellenic Council, and Appalachian Adventure Trip leader, a member of the Contact Committee, the Student Faculty Hearing Board, the Student Affairs Committee and Traveller.
David Robinson is an accounting and business administration major from Greenville, S.C. A member of the Class of 2015, he is chairman of the Student Judicial Council, a resident advisor for first-year students, a local elementary school volunteer and a member of @wluLex, W&L's student-run social media team.
Lucy Wade Shapiro is an American history major from Memphis, TN. A member of the Class of 2015, she is president of the student-run Executive Committee, a peer counselor, a volunteer at the Rockbridge Area Health Center and a member of Tri Beta, WITS and Reformed University Fellowship.
Bailey Russell is a studio art (photography) major from Huntsville, Alabama. A member of the Class of 2016, she is co-chair of the LEAD Banquet Planning Committe, a DJ at WLUR, a peer tutor and a member of Reformed University Fellowship and KLAZICS hip-hop dance group. .
Patrick O'Connor is a business administration major with a minor in education policy from Richmond, Va. A member of the Class of 2015, he is a member of the varsity basketball team, a first-year resident advisor and a Burish intern.
"A large part of my personal growth has stemmed from my involvement with W&L athletics."
"I have been challenged to step outside my comfort zone, encouraged to pursue my passions, and nurtured as a student, a leader and an individual."
"I've learned a diverse set of capabilities that has aided my transformation from a curious girl with a knack for business into a cognizant, concerned businesswoman aware of the challenges of this complex world."
"We often do not realize the opportunities afforded to us as students at this prestigious university tucked away in such a beautiful town."
"All around me, I was exposed to ideas and opinions I had not considered before."
"It is the strength of community and society that really makes W&L more than simply another great university."
"W&L has certainly taught me to expect the unexpected in a community of unique individuals."
"A liberal arts education hones transferable skills."
"Over my years at W&L I have constantly been drawing and redrawing myself, trying to find the most sincere, visceral and true parts."
"I will always remember my time at Washington and Lee because it has helped me to grow and realize my interests."
"W&L has given me the resources and experiences that I need to continue my intellectual, professional, and emotional growth outside of Lexington."
"College is a place where you will grow no matter how you go through it. The only thing you control is who you grow to be."
"College is a time to both explore uncharted territory and to further your interests."
"W&L is more than just a school, and the professors are more than just educators."
"Washington and Lee has been the happy intersection of the qualities I desired in a large and small school."
"Creativity has many meanings, but for me and with regards to my college experience, it means the opportunity to shape my own identity."
"The greatest thing for me about the W&L journalism program is the numerous opportunities you have to succeed and keep learning."
"I am where I am because of W&L."
"My W&L experience has been everything I thought that college would be."
"At W&L you'll find the support to pursue anything."
"W&L professors have a knack for making their students realize their true potential."
"The university has instilled in me a curiosity that expands beyond the classroom."
"Friend groups are everywhere, traditions are most places, but the caring professors and impassioned students I have found in the German and History departments are one of a kind."
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"In those newsrooms surrounded by professional journalists, I still emailed my professors when I needed honest advice."
"My W&L experience is defined by a multitude of activities, academics, and opportunities."
"One of my goals is to bring Hillel to the students — to show them that we're here, and that we're here for everyone. ".
Maggie Voelzke '15 gets her start in television as a news associate in CNN's Washington, D.C. Bureau.
"For me, W&L is limitless. This is a community that supports, and even encourages, its members to identify and pursue multiple passions."
"At W&L you learn so much more in your interactions with others than what you see in the classroom."
"One word can sum up my feelings about the last three years: Grateful."
"W&L manages to be a catalyst for adventure while still offering that 'welcome home' feeling."
"This university can open many doors for its students, most of them unexpected."
Psychology major Lainey Johnson combines research and service for the benefit of a local non-profit.
"Both my academic and extracurricular involvement have fostered an interest in entrepreneurship, which has led me to work for a startup through Venture for America next year."
"As a senior, I look back at my four years and can see how much the Shepherd Program has shaped my passions, worldview and career aspirations."
"I have come to love W&L for . . . the people I have met here and the sense of community we have fostered together."
Myers McGarry is a mass communications major with a minor in studio art from Charlotte, N.C. She is a peer counselor and involved in Mock Convention.
"I have learned that service in one's community can take on many forms."
"Pursuing my passions in and outside of the classroom gave me an amazing opportunity to fuse those passions into an incredibly interconnected liberal arts education."
"My journey through the world of theater has been one of the most formative aspects of my college career."
"I was lucky to start college in a supportive yet competitive program that set the precedent to succeed on and off the field."
"Here in Lexington I found a home away from home."
"I have been given incredible opportunities to embrace all that W&L has to offer."
"The most important thing I have learned is how to be myself."
"Over the past four years, Lexington has begun to feel more and more like my home."
"I had been drawn to W&L by the wide array of courses I would be compelled to take, but was hardly aware of how they could help my desired profession."
"W&L has prepared me to bridge the gap between policy makers and engineers and help lead our nation in a technology-driven world."
The Campus Garden becomes a classroom.