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Christina Benedetti '12

Hometown: Derwood, MD

Majors: Mathematics, Journalism & Mass Communications

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Field Hockey (co-captain in 2011 and 2012)
  • Lacrosse (co-captain in 2012)
  • "23"
  • Kappa Alpha Theta (social chair)

Off-Campus Experiences:

  • Studied abroad in Florence, Italy (summer 2011)
  • W&L lacrosse camp counselor (2009, 2011)
  • Field hockey and lacrosse coach/camp counselor
Favorite Class: Journ 301: Journalism and Law - Learning about the different court cases that involved the 1st Amendment and the right to free speech was really interesting. We learned about the different standards that the courts had decided. For our tests, we would get a case and have to act as the judge and come up with a ruling based on our knowledge of the preceding cases. It was a really fun way to apply what we had learned.

Favorite W&L Event: Halloween - the field hockey team dresses up together every year and it is a lot of fun; Mock Con Gala

Favorite Campus Landmark: I love the view from the field hockey and lacrosse field. You can see mountains from both sides and you get a view of the whole campus. It's beautiful.

Why did you choose W&L? I chose W&L because it had everything I could have wanted in a college. I am able to play two sports, both field hockey and lacrosse. The classes are small, the campus is close-knit, and I love the speaking tradition and the honor code. Everything was what I wanted. I could be involved but also join a sorority. This school really does let you do it all.

How have you spent your summers? I have spent most of my summers coaching field hockey and lacrosse. This last summer I went to Florence, Italy for 6 weeks and studied Italian and photography.

Advice for prospective or first-year students? Go abroad!

 


When I first visited W&L I knew something was different here. W&L had everything I could have ever wanted in a college, and it has easily exceeded my expectations. In addition to the small classes, the close-knit community, the honor code and the speaking tradition, one of the best things about Washington and Lee is that students can have success in so many ways. You can be as involved as you like, even if that sometimes means being too involved.

As an example, in choosing colleges, I knew I wanted to continue to play multiple sports--field hockey and lacrosse. Most colleges relegate you to choosing one sport over another. W&L had the answer: why not play both? For the past four years I have continued to play field hockey and lacrosse as a General. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to co-captain the field hockey team my junior and senior years and will be a co-captain of the lacrosse team in the spring. Over the past four years, both teams have experienced the ups and downs that are the norm of competitive play, but there was never a time that my teammates and I haven't learned valuable life lessons along the way. Athletics at W&L provide a rich competitive environment while also providing key lifelong building blocks: teamwork, discipline, dedication and hard work. Being a dual athlete has been difficult at times, but I wouldn't trade my experience, nor my relationship with my teammates, for the world.

At many schools athletes don't have the time to be in a sorority. Once again, W&L enables students do it all. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and have served as the Social Chair for the past two years. The friendships and memories that I have created with the girls in my sorority will be lifelong.

In addition to the sports and the sorority, I had the opportunity to be a founding member and the event chair of the relatively new group on campus called "23." In the spring of 2010, a small group of students and faculty met and replaced the Student Athlete Mentor (SAMs) program with the newly developed "23." The group's purpose is to promote a stronger community among athletes while also promoting bystander intervention. We plan events that involve all student-athletes and help to build support at games. By making athletes more aware of the dangers on a college campus and preparing them with the tools needed to deal with these situations, we hope to make our campus a better place.

W&L has provided me with several opportunities to succeed in areas that I didn't even know I was interested in. I am blessed to go to a school where the faculty, staff and students show so much support and encouragement in taking advantage of these opportunities. W&L is unique and special to me because it truly is a place where you can do it all.