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Ali Greenberg '13

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Majors: Global Politics & Spanish

Minors: Latin American and Caribbean Studies & Poverty and Human Capability Studies

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Mock Convention: Facilities Chair, Steering Committee Member, and 2016 Convention Trustee
  • Panhellenic Council Secretary and PR/Programming Chair
  • Admissions Office Intern
  • Campus Tour Guide
  • Pre-Orientation Trip Leader

Off-Campus Experiences:

  • Public Relations Intern, People's Revolution, New York, NY, Summer 2010
  • Shepherd Poverty Program Intern, Cusco, Peru, Summer 2011
  • Spring Term Abroad, Accra, Ghana, Spring 2012
  • Research Assistant, Lexington, VA, Summer 2012

Post-Graduation Plans: Applying to positions in Sports/Museums/PR in NYC and DC

Favorite W&L Memory: The Mock Convention Gala - it was one for the record books

Favorite Class:  POL 247: Latin American Politics (Dickovick), ARTH 267: Colonial Latin American Art (Lepage), and PSYC 150: Psychoactive Drugs and Behavior

Why did you choose W&L? Everyone here has the opportunity to be a big fish in a small pond--whatever you want to do the school will make it happen.

Why did you choose your major? I wanted to study International Relations and decided to make that happen, regardless of whether the school offered it.

What professor has inspired you? Prof. Dickovick and Prof. Mayock never cease to amaze me with their kindness and brilliance.

Advice for prospective or first-year students? Get involved, branch out, do your research because there are more opportunities here than you could have ever imagined.

Washington and Lee opened up the world to me in ways I could not have imagined as a 17-year-old wandering blindly through the college process. I have grown and changed in so many ways in just four short years, and I know that Washington and Lee had a huge role to play in allowing me to thrive.

As a first-year I was nervous and unsure about where I fit in or what I was going to be. At times, not being on the path to being a banker made me feel like I didn't have a path. However, I knew I wanted to study cultures, and before I knew it I was taking Spanish and French and studying Latin America in depth.

I soon found that I didn't have to go any further than Wilson or Huntley Hall to learn about the world outside of Lexington. Classes on Latin American Politics, International Development and the Spanish Civil War opened my mind to some of the greatest politicians, thinkers and poets of all time. Hillel sent me to Uruguay, Birthright to Israel, and I volunteered as an Intern in Peru for a summer courtesy of the Shepherd Poverty Program. In my junior year I ventured to Ghana for Spring Term and followed up my experiences by helping to edit a reader on Africa over the summer.

Through these classes and opportunities, I have learned that being a student at Washington and Lee means more than just going to class--it is a commitment. It is also a partnership between the student and their peers, their professors and the institution. Through that partnership I saw the world, both in the classroom and in the field. I explored cultures both in the Commons and in Cusco. I grew as much in my dorm room in Graham-Lees as in my home stay in Ghana. I challenged myself through my time in class and through my time in Caracas and Tel Aviv and Tbilisi.

Four years and a lot of frequent flyer miles later, I have come to the point in my college career where I can look back and fully see the difference that Washington and Lee has made for me. While the future may currently be unclear, I know that my time spent in Lexington has changed me for the better. What I have learned from my time here and the people I have met could not have been replicated anywhere else, and I wouldn't change my experience for the world.