Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Major: Business Administration and French
Post-Graduation Plans: I will be working in Atlanta, Ga., for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (the investment banking division of SunTrust) as an Analyst in Debt Capital Markets.
What will you miss most about W&L?
Leaving my friends will definitely be the hardest part of moving on from Washington and Lee. I will also miss the area. Going to school in this part of the country has defined much of my college experience and I’m afraid I’ll never live in such a beautiful place ever again! I’ll miss the country life next year when I’m sitting in traffic in Atlanta instead of driving past the Maury River on the way to classes. Finally, my professors have been instrumental in helping me decide where to study abroad, what internships to take and finally what steps to take after college. I will absolutely miss their guidance!
How are you different now than you were four years ago?
In high school, like many of my friends, I was accustomed to working hard and making A’s. At Washington and Lee, however, I learned quickly that I am not at the top of my class. My work ethic evolved tremendously over the past four years as I developed efficient and effective study habits. I am more willing to seek help from professors and other students than I was in high school, which has taught me that learning requires more than a text book. Today, I set my goals higher than I used to, sometimes too high, but always trying to perform my best.
Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
While double majoring in Business Administration and French was something I always wanted to do, it added stress to my academic schedule as I tried to complete both and study abroad. I would never change my areas of study, but I would advise freshmen to consider how important a double major is to them because it is often stressful and leaves little room for fun electives. If I could go back, I would take an art history class or a European history class. Unfortunately, it’s too late for that!
What do you most look forward to after graduation?
I’m looking forward to being financially independent from my parents and to learning how to manage and invest my own money. I’m also looking forward to seeing how Washington and Lee changes in the years to come.