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Tour Guide Spotlight: Annie Zhang ’13

6 Feb

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.

Department Details: Economics

23 Jan
Economics of Social Issues, Environmental Economics, Micro, Macro. You name it, the Econ department at W&L has it!

Economics of Social Issues, Environmental Economics, Micro, Macro. You name it, the Econ department at W&L has it!

Teaching is central to the mission of Washington and Lee. Small classes allow the economics faculty to adopt a conversational style in much of their teaching. Therefore, a Socratic approach to economics instruction is the norm at Washington and Lee. It is common for faculty to assign readings and engage students in conversations about the readings. Classroom discussion of an economic issue typically focuses on understanding of the relevant analytical framework and its implications for policy. This approach is ideal for integrating insights from other disciplines into economic analysis and for developing in students higher order cognitive abilities such as integration and evaluation.Writing as a learning device is a fundamental component of economic education at Washington and Lee. Students are asked regularly to reflect and write. The capstone course for economics majors is organized around a paper documenting a student’s original research as guided by a faculty mentor in the department.

Faculty teach all of the classes offered by the Economics Department at Washington and Lee, and conversations that take place in the classroom often spill over into a professor’s office. Members of the faculty regularly attend conferences aimed at enhancing educational skills from which they bring new teaching insights back to the classroom. The Economics Department also organizes regular seminars where scholars are invited to campus to talk with students and faculty about their research and how new ideas can be integrated into the curriculum at Washington and Lee.

For more about the Economics department, click here.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Ramsay Kubal ’13

4 Jan
Ramsay Kubal '13

Ramsay Kubal ’13

Hometown: Atherton, CA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Psychology

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Kappa Delta (social chair), Peer Tutoring, Tutor at Waddell Elementary, Tutor at Rockbridge Middle School, Venture Club

How are you involved in the Lexington community? Tutoring at Rockbridge Middle and Waddell Elementary (Fall term)

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Riding Horses, cooking, community service

Favorite weekend activity? Going for brunch every weekend and catching up with my best friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? The Safari Park.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? The first time cadavers came to the KD house.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Last Winter, I took Econ 101 with Professor Diette to fill an FDR. I had no intentions of taking another Econ class, and I was not interested in the C-School whatsoever. After a few short weeks in Diette’s class, I have now decided to double major in Econ and Psychology. Professor Diette’s attention to detail and emphasis on making sure each individual fully understood the material amazed me. He combined high expectations with a high level of support for each member of our class.


Department Details: Accounting

21 Dec

The C-School

The accounting major at W&L  is part of the Williams School (C-School) of Commerce. The program builds on the liberal arts course foundation, increasing analytical and communication skills while providing knowledge necessary to work in any number of business areas. Majors take a combination of accounting, economics, and business administration courses which prepares them for a variety of jobs.

Washington and Lee accounting majors have enjoyed great success in receiving offers of career positions in prestigious firms in recent years. Quite a number move into positions after graduation which come their way as a direct result of internships that they occupied during the summer following their junior or senior years.

About one-third of our graduating seniors are recruited by Big Four accounting firms. Another third go to appointments in prestigious investment and commercial banking firms, such as J. P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. The remaining third follow a variety of paths after graduation, including attending highly regarded law schools or graduate programs in business or accounting.

Click for more information on the Accounting major or the Williams School!

Dining with Professors

28 Oct

Washington and Lee’s Hillel hosted a VIP (Very Interesting Professor) Dinner at the Sheridan Livery with Professor Art Goldsmith last week. With spots for only fourteen students the dinner provided an intimate environment to talk with Professor Goldsmith of the Economics Department and discuss his latest research.  At W&L professors are genuinely interested in learning and forming relationships with their students. The dinner was a great way for students to get to know Professor Goldsmith and share a delicious meal!

Spring Term Study Abroad

2 Nov

This week I decided to go on the Economics 288 spring term class going to Belize. W&L’s spring term is a four week long course at the end of the year. Since I have chosen not to study abroad for a whole semester, this gives me the opportunity to still study abroad. For this course we will be spending the first part of spring term in lexington taking classes, nine days in Belize, and then return to lexington for the end of spring term. In Belize we will be snorkeling and interactively learning about the environment. The class will focus on the effect of the tourist industry on economics in Belize. Other than economics, environmental studies will also be a focus for the course. I am looking forward to learning about this branch of economics and especially in such a beautiful place!