Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Biology and Philosophy
Post-Graduation Plans: MD/PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill
Favorite W&L Memory: My junior year when Women's swimming beat Mary Washington for the first time
Favorite Class: Ethics of Globalization
Favorite W&L Event: Midnight breakfast and free coffee during exams
Favorite Campus Landmark: The science library
Why did you choose W&L? I wanted to go to a small school where I could swim, and W&L just had the right feel.
Why did you choose your major? Everything about biology interests me, and once I started taking philosophy classes I kind of became addicted.
What professor has inspired you? The first four philosophy classes I took were with Prof. Goldberg, and he somehow managed to ignore the fact that it looked like I was stalking him and encouraged me to pursue a double major in philosophy.
How have you spent your summers? The summer after freshman year I went home and lifeguarded. For the past two summers I've been on campus doing research with Dr. Ayoub.
Advice for prospective or first-year students? Actually go listen to the speakers that come to campus, sometimes they're really interesting.
What do you wish you'd known before you came to campus? It snows a lot more here than it does in North Carolina.
When I came to W&L freshman year, my plan was to major in biology and to go to medical school when I graduated. Other than an intro biology class, I showed up to registration without any idea of what classes to take. My advisor suggested I take a philosophy class, Intro to Logic, to fulfill one of my FDRs. It ended up being my favorite class that semester, and so I decided to take another philosophy class in the winter. Even though it was completely different than logic, I also loved it. By the end of sophomore year I had taken almost enough philosophy to complete a minor, including my first ethics class. Professor Goldberg and Professor Mahon had both been encouraging me to declare a double major in philosophy and biology, but I was worried about scheduling conflicts and about finding enough time to complete both majors. Then I took Ethics of Globalization with Professor Smith in the first semester of my junior year, and I realized that I loved ethics as much as I loved medicine. It wasn't something that I could just write off as not fitting into my schedule. Professor Mahon assured me that the philosophy department would work with me to take care of any scheduling conflicts, and I somehow let him talk me into not just the double major, but into going for a B.S. and a B.A., which would require taking 140 (!) credits. Dr. Ayoub, with whom I had been doing research since sophomore year, was extremely accommodating and let me take several independent studies with her to get the extra credits I needed.
After I graduate I'm joining the M.D./Ph.D. program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I plan to pursue a Ph.D. is philosophy, concentrating on bioethics. Without the unfailing support, enthusiasm and encouragement of all of my philosophy professors, I would never have discovered my love of ethics or found this program that perfectly combines both my interests. And without the two-plus years of research experience I had gained with Dr. Ayoub, I never would have been admitted to this program. In short, everything I did and the inspiration from everyone here who helped me do it these past four years has fallen together better than I had ever hoped or imagined when I arrived in Lexington four years ago.