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Tour Guide Spotlight: Annie Zhang ’13

6 Feb
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Annie Zhang ’13

Hometown: Canton, MI

Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics/Philosophy

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Washington and Lee Student Consulting, Honor Advocate for Executive Committee, University Lectures Committee, General Development Initiative, Model United Nations, Economic research with professor, work/study in Office of Special Programs, Student Recruitment Committee

How are you involved in the Lexington community? Through the Poverty Fieldwork Course, my placement was with a local lawyer in town who represents court appointed cases as part of his workload. My experience observing cases and various steps of the process has helped me develop an interest in the implications of poverty on the legal system. I have taken the initiative to speak with the director of the Department of Social Services located in Lexington to pursue a project that would better address the needs of the impoverished part of the community. In addition, through my experience in Washington and Lee Student Consulting, we often work with several local clients to improve their business and contribute to the local economy.

Favorite weekend activity? Get a full ten hours of sleep and enjoy the day with friends. There’s nothing that feels better than relaxing after a hard week of classes, meetings, and various extracurricular activities. The slow pace of the weekend is especially soothing. I also enjoy exploring the town and during spring term, go tubing and hiking.

Favorite thing about Lexington? I never expected to go to college in a rural area but Lexington is the best small town to live in because of its quaint appeal mixed with the active university. I love walking down the streets of Lexington and exploring the many shops. Before I graduate, I want to take a tour of the town by horse carriage that is offered on the weekends. Lexington is full of history and legends that is open to exploration.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? I frequently think of how fortunate I am to be at Washington and Lee because of the many great people I have met and the limitless opportunities that are available. It is really difficult to select a favorite W&L memory but orientation week is definitely a favorite. There is constant excitement and each time, you realize just how much you have become attached to the company and the environment.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? One of the reasons why I selected W&L is due to small class sizes and strong professor-student relationships. Although there are many favorable encounters, my very first experience was with my Economics 101 professor. During spring term of my freshmen year, I was applying to various internships in the hopes of finding something substantial to do that summer. I decided to email some of my professor sand express my interest in the topic that I had taken with them. I also emphasized that I wanted to apply what I had learned by helping them with any research projects that they are working on. My economics professor asked me to meet with him and during our conversation, we developed a research project that reflected my interests. He has spent so much time patiently teaching me the intricacies of economics research and topics that I have never encountered before.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Greer Theus ’14

2 Feb
Greer Theus '14

Greer Theus ’14

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Major(s)/Minor(s): History

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Mock Convention Publications Sub-Committee, Reformed University Fellowship, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Outing Club

How are you involved in the Lexington community? Volunteer at the local elementary school

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I play the guitar and sing (I lead music at RUF). I also love to run and get a lot of use out of the Wood’s Creek trail when it is warmer.  I also really enjoy hiking.

Favorite weekend activity? Hanging out in my friend’s suite in Gaines and making trips to Walmart

Favorite thing about Lexington?  There are so many opportunities to do things for such a small town. The shopping is fun, the surrounding area is great for outdoor activities, and there are so many places to eat.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? My favorite W&L memory was Christmas weekend last term. All of my friends and I went to the same fraternity for dinner, and we had so much fun getting dressed up and enjoying each other’s company. The second night was just as fun, dancing around the basement of Lambda and then having a late-night snowball fight on the colonnade with my friends before heading to the basement of Gaines to watch Elf.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? My elementary Spanish professor last term, Professor Kuettner, was the best professor I have had so far. He would bring us food to class because we had class every morning. He was always very helpful and wanted to make sure that we understood all of the concepts, even if that meant spending an hour in his office with me the day before a test practicing. He also sent us a greeting card for Thanksgiving in which he invited anybody who could not get home for Thanksgiving to his house to have dinner with him and his wife.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Elizabeth Steitz ’14

26 Jan
Elizabeth Steitz '14

Elizabeth Steitz ’14

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mass Communications

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I am involved with the Fancy Dress Steering Committee, First-Year Leadership Council, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and Reformed University Fellowship.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I am a lector for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love to run, cook, make new friends, and read classic novels.

Favorite weekend activity? I love lazy Saturday afternoons spent outside with my friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? I love the small-town feel of Lexington—it perfectly compliments the close-knit community we have at Washington and Lee. What’s your favorite W&L memory? Homecoming weekend my first year at Washington and Lee. Aside from all of the band parties, delicious food, and fun times it was great to see all of the young alumni come back to visit. I could really see how much they loved and missed Washington and Lee.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? During orientation week, an evening was reserved for the First-Years to have dinner with their advisors. I rode in a car to my advisor’s house in the country with two other first-years, hoping for the best. The dinner was amazing. We had Salerno’s pasta, Blue Sky carrot cake, and great conversation. After dinner, we took a walk down the road to the most unbelievable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains I have every seen. Looking out at the breathtaking view, my advisor told us what a wonderful place Washington and Lee is and how many opportunities we will have in the next four years.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Katharine Price ’13

24 Jan
Katharine Price '13

Katharine Price ’13

Hometown: Concord, MA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Accounting and Business Administration/Math and Creative Writing

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I play varsity field hockey, I am an Honor Advocate for the Student-Faculty Hearing Board, I am a member of the College Republicans, and I am in Kappa Delta sorority.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? Last year, I tutored at Waddell Elementary School and I plan on returning this winter.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I like to read and write, and I love to run.  I am currently training for a half-marathon.  I am also a TV junkie – I love to quote funny shows and movies.

Favorite weekend activity? Going to Dairy Queen to get a Blizzard.  Also grabbing brunch with friends or going out and seeing people on Windfall Hill or wherever at night.

Favorite thing about Lexington? I love the way it looks—how it has still maintained its charm and character from historic times.  I also love how we have a bunch of good little sandwich shops, restaurants, and coffee shops to visit.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? I just love the everyday memories. One day in the fall, I had a meeting at the study abroad office to discuss my plans about traveling to France next fall.  When I came out of the CIE building to walk back to the hill, I was completely taken aback by how beautiful the colonnade looked, framed by changing leaves and gorgeous light.  I took about a million pictures on my phone and sent them to all of my family members.  Our campus is so beautiful and so representative of all the history that has happened here—all of the great legends and stories we have.  So I suppose my favorite memory has to do with just going from day to day, being lucky enough to be a student here.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I love to tell the story of how when I first got to W&L as a first-semester freshman, I took an intro to American history course (History 107).  My professor found out I was on the field hockey team and came to almost every single one of my home games.  The following day in class, he would compliment me on a goal I’d scored or ask me a question about a certain call.  I felt so incredibly lucky to be attending a school where the professor of my 100-level course was interested enough in my life to come watch me play.  I have since realized that this is the case with almost every W&L professor – they truly want to build relationships with their students, and it is amazing.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Leslie Peard ’13

22 Jan
Leslie Peard '13

Leslie Peard ’13

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry/Math

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I am involved with Career Service’s Internship and Opportunity Initiative program, First-Year Orientation Committee and Kappa Delta Sorority.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer regularly at the Rockbridge Free Clinic.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Baking

Favorite weekend activity? Going on drives with my friends out into the country, especially in the Spring.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  I love that it is so different than Atlanta as such a small town.  It has an ambiance that just makes it such a nice break from the city.  I think it is the perfect place to be for four years.  It also has a foam henge and safari petting zoo within half an hour.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? I would have to say dancing with Cadavers in the Kappa Delta kitchen.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Last Spring Term, after finishing Chem 112, I received a cryptic email from my professor Dr. Pleva telling me that he needed to see me in his office at some point that week.  I of course thought there must be something wrong, but instead he just wanted to chat about chemistry and give me a Chemistry department T-shirt, which of course said “I live for lab.” It was classic.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Alina Pankova ’14

20 Jan
Alina Pankova '14

Alina Pankova ’14

Hometown: Sevastopol, Ukraine

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at Lylburn Downing Middle School

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I enjoy doing yoga, running, and working out in the fitness center. One of my hobbies is black and white photography.

Favorite weekend activity? Catching up with friends, going out to eat, shopping, and watching movies. During winter I like to watch home basketball games on weekends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? It is a small, but cozy and safe town. Pretty much everything is located within walking distance, and the people are very friendly.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? My favorite memory is orientation week, because I met many people, participated in lots of fun activities organized specifically for first year students, and had enough time to get used to campus before classes started.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I took Calculus II last fall, and I absolutely loved Professor Dresden. He has a talent to make math truly fun. He was always prepared for class, presented the material very clearly, and his sense of humor made each class very enjoyable. Besides, he was always available for extra help during his office hours. I am looking forward to Multivariable Calculus with him next fall! Honestly, if he taught every single Math class at W&L, I would seriously consider majoring in Math!

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Julia McCormick ’13

18 Jan
Julia McCormick '13

Julia McCormick ’13

Hometown: Norfolk, MA

Major(s)/Minor(s): History and English/Art History

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? University Big Sister, First Year Orientation Committee, Fancy Dress Committee, Chi Omega

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have tutored at the local elementary school, Waddell Elementary School and participated in Nabors Service Day at another local school, Woods Creek Montessori.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Reading, Traveling

Favorite weekend activity? Catching up with my friends at brunch

Favorite thing about Lexington? I love that Lexington is such a small, friendly town and everyone is What’s your favorite W&L memory?

My favorite W&L memory: My first Spring Term was one of the best overall experiences- academically and socially. The ability to focus on one challenging course allows for an intense, yet highly rewarding, academic experience. The weather and opportunities during Spring Term contribute to one of the most rewarding fun experiences I’ve ever had.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? One of my favorite encounters with a W&L faculty member has been with our study abroad advisor Kip Brooks. Kip has been incredibly helpful in helping me determine the right study abroad program for me from dozens of choices.