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Meredith Freeman '10

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Majors: Business, German, concentration of Psychology classes

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Lacrosse
  • Aduro
  • ACK investments
  • Kathekon
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • FCA
  • Tour Guide
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • WLUR

Off-Campus Experiences:

  • Study Abroad-Vienna
  • Internship: Bank Austria (stock analyst)

Favorite W&L Memory: Viewing the Colonnade for the first time as a freshman in high school and knowing immediately and completely that W&L was the school for me.

Favorite Class: Impossible to pick just one: Ad Class, Intro Bio: Human Homeostasis, Economics of Financial Panics, Consumer Insights

Favorite W&L Event: Parents weekend

Favorite Campus Landmark: The view of campus and the surrounding mountains from the middle of Alston Parker Watt field (the girls lacrosse game field)


Answering the question "why W&L" should be easy for me. As a tour guide I officially answer this question once a week, but I realize now, as I'm trying to concisely articulate what it is about W&L that so incredible, that being a tour guide doesn't help. On a tour I get to visit every aspect of the school and answer "why W&L,' and here I have to choose just one.

I could say that it is the fact that W&L students can do not only anything, but everything. Knowing that I could take non-major classes that simply piqued my interest, play a varsity sport and take part in eight different extra-curricular activities was exciting, but the fact that I knew and saw when I visited that everyone did in fact take advantage of all these opportunities was even cooler. It could be the fact that each one of my professors knows me personally and will push me (whether I like it or not) to produce my best work. It could be the fact that I still say hi to everyone on the streets and in the grocery store when I get home to St. Louis, despite the odd looks I receive from strangers. It could be the fact that I took my Business 211 exam in the comfort of my own home. It could be the fact that on any night of the week--including Friday and Saturday--you can find students in the library, or you can find them honing their social skills. It could be all of these things, but the real reason "why W&L" is that it is all of these things, and it has been all of these things since my neighbors of all generations went here.

There is a certain unspoken, shared pride in attending and graduating from W&L. When I'm outside of school and I meet a fellow W&L student or alum, there is an immediate connection. Without knowing anything specifically about me, they know I believe in the traditions of honor and gentlemanly conduct. They know I know how to work hard (because it is impossible not to give at least your all when your professor knows your name and what you can do). They know that I have experienced a spring term, which is magically unique to W&L. These are all things that language fails to describe or explain to someone who has not experienced it firsthand. Because of this unspoken connection, the alumni support system is unparalleled. I owe two of my jobs this summer to the help of alumni who to an outsider would be considered a stranger, but to someone who has experienced W&L is just a fellow General.

So why W&L? You could call it tradition, you could name specific cases, but I chose W&L because once you get here, you'll know and feel it for yourself.