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Garrott McClintock '10

Hometown: Tunica, MS

Major: Art History

Minors: Environmental Studies

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Men's Lacrosse Team
  • President, IFC
  • 2010 Class Agent
  • Co-President of the W&L Chapter of Ducks Unlimited
  • Kathekon
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Off-Campus Experiences:

  • Summer 2008: Camp Mondamin, Summer Camp Counselor
  • Summer 2009: Intern for W&L University Collection

Post-Graduation Plans: I would like to work for an environmental business firm, preferably as a consultant helping companies to become more efficient and less wasteful in their everyday business.

Favorite Memory: Winning the ODAC lacrosse championship last year

Favorite Campus Landmark: The Lee House Christmas Tree

Washington and Lee is a school that inspires each student to learn more and to do more.

In my four years here, I have been fortunate enough to have many favorite classes, but there are two that stick out most clearly in my memory. Professor Humston taught us about the ecosystems in freshwater lakes and streams in his Aquatic Ecology class. On lab days the class was led to Hayes Creek, an impaired stream, where we tested water quality, took samples of macro invertebrates and learned about stream ecosystems. Professor Bent taught my other favorite class, Art 102. Each day the class learned about at least 40 works of art, and we learned how to use the sociology, religion, literature and history of the period to tell us about each work of art; then we learned how art could, in turn, tell us about sociology, religion, literature and history. I discovered my interest in world history through art in this class, and decided to major in the subject because of it.

While I have few regrets with respect to my class selection and the extracurricular activities in which I have participated, since September I have been looking around at all the other classes, none of which I will have time to take. I have found myself wondering why I never took a geology class or one on American architecture or another language. Spring term only makes matters worse. There are so many professors teaching interesting classes which focus on their passions. I could go to school here for ten more years and not take all the classes I would like to take.

W&L's small size allows students to participate in more extracurricular activities as well. Not only do we have a multitude of organizations and a student body interested in a variety of issues, we have a community that encourages us to get involved. I have played on the lacrosse team, served on the Interfraternity Council, helped raise money with Ducks Unlimited and been a member of Kathekon. And I am not unusual. With opportunities like these, W&L enables its students to develop leadership skills and to wield their influence in the community.

The friendships I have made at W&L, both inside and outside of the classroom, will forever set this place apart as my second home. Not only have I made lifelong friendships here, but I know I that will make more in the future through W&L. Our alumni constantly amaze me with their interest in current and graduating students and their continuing involvement with the school. I have seen the love this place engenders in its students, and how long that love remains an integral part of their identity.

Washington and Lee will always be exactly this for me--part of my identity. This school has formed me. I have learned skills here far beyond those acquired in the classroom. I have grown because of the opportunities I have been given at W&L. I only hope that in the future I can give back to it as much as it has given me.