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Jameson Parker '11

Hometown: Houston, TX

Majors: Business Administration and English

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Student Judicial Council Chairman
  • Kappa Alpha Order member
  • Student Affairs Committee member
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Generals' Christian Fellowship
  • former member of Men's Golf team

Off-Campus Experiences:

  • Spring Term 2010: I went to Ireland with Professor Conner to study Irish literature, culture, and history.
  • Summer 2010: I interned with a Houston-area franchise owner to learn about small business management. I turned this experience into an independent study class exploring the feasibility of opening a Primrose School franchise in Lexington.

Post-Graduation Plans: I plan on returning to Texas, hopefully to work in finance. Eventually I would like to go back to school to earn a JD/MBA.

Favorite W&L Memory: It's impossible to narrow down my college experience to one favorite memory, but there are a few moments that stand out. Making the golf team my freshman year, making friends from all over the country, getting involved in the Christian community, and getting the chance to spend six weeks in Ireland with Professor Conner were all defining points in my time at Washington and Lee.

Favorite Class: It is a tie between Real Estate Finance with Professor Hoover and English 105: Sherlock Holmes Stories with Professor Keen.

Favorite W&L Event: The Tex/Lex party on Parent's Weekend. Getting together with all the Texas families to enjoy real Tex-Mex food and barbeque after watching the Generals play football is my favorite part of the year.

Favorite Campus Landmark: Lee Chapel

Washington and Lee University has afforded me opportunities that I never dreamed of as a senior in high school. I knew that I wanted to attend a small university that was rich in tradition and put an emphasis on honor and civility. I looked all over the country, but settled on W&L after talking with some alumni family friends. From the vantage point of a senior, I now know I made the right choice. What I hoped to accomplish has come true, and I do not regret a minute of my time spent at W&L.

My only non-academic goals as I entered college were to get involved in the Christian community and to make new friends. Little did I know that achieving those two goals would only be the starting point for my extracurricular involvement. In my first year here, I played on the golf team, joined a fraternity and participated in a men's Bible study, all of which gave me rich opportunities to cultivate valued friendships. The friendships formed in those early days have endured, and many of these same friends challenged me to assume leadership roles throughout campus. As a sophomore, I became a leader of that same men's Bible study and also received encouragement to run for a seat on the Student Judicial Council (SJC), which I did successfully.

My service on the SJC progressed from being a junior justice to serving as the current Chairman. I am able to work hand-in-hand with the Dean of Students office and lead a group of very driven students from both the undergraduate student body and law school. While upholding University policy on personal conduct may seem somewhat dull, it has been extremely educational and has caused me to be a more thoughtful person. The experience has taught me practical skills and given me a better understanding of how to lead groups of people through difficult decisions.

I came to Washington and Lee seeking two relatively simple goals. Yet through the encouragement of friends, my desire to merely become involved in the W&L community transformed into a desire to be a leader of it. W&L has afforded me many leadership opportunities that have defined my experience here, and I will always be grateful for their profound impact upon me.