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Jameson Graber

Jameson Graber

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Major: Mathematics and Physics

Post-Graduation Plans:  Ph.D. program in mathematics at University of Virginia, funded by the Jefferson Fellowship

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What will you miss most about W&L?

I will miss the small size of the community. I have made close friends among all different types of people, and I have had amazing interaction with professors, all because the school is just the right size. I will miss being able to recognize just about any face I see.

How are you different now than you were four years ago?

I am more confident in my leadership abilities than I was back then. Because this is a small school, there aren't as many people available to step up and lead our various student activities. Because I was one of the people who did step up (particularly in W&L Students for Life), I gained valuable experience in leading my peers.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?

Don't let your identity be set in stone freshman year. In particular, don't let your identity be determined by your Greek affiliation, or lack thereof. Let your identity be determined by things that genuinely interest you (which may change during your college experience), and don't compromise by trying to conform to the social system already in place.

What do you most look forward to after graduation?

I look forward to going to graduate school and doing more rigorous independent research in mathematics, which has been my dream for most of my life. W&L has given me a wonderfully balanced liberal arts education, but now that it's over, I can focus on the area I'm most passionate about.