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Tour Guide Spotlight: Alexandra Frazier ’13

14 Dec

Alexandra Frazier ’13

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Major(s)/Minor(s): English/Creative Writing

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? President, Panhellenic Council; Mock Convention Publications Committee Member; College Democrats Member; Design Editor, Ring Tum Phi; Model United Nations Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Chair; Pi Beta Phi Member

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I’ve recently adopted a Little Sister through the United Way Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and I frequently volunteer with Campus Kitchens and the Nabors Service League.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Traveling, reading and writing, dancing, spending time with my friends, cooking, and “finger painting” on my iPad

Favorite weekend activity? I have quite a few—Sunday brunch at the Bistro, lounging in bed on lazy Saturday mornings, having the time to actually cook for my friends and read the news, bonding with my apartment mates, taking the occasional trip to Charlottesville or DC… it’s wonderful to be able to unwind after a stressful week of classes!

Favorite thing about Lexington? The small town atmosphere and friendly vibe are probably my favorite things about the city. The speaking tradition seems to extend beyond the colonnade, and everyone is just so genuinely nice in town. I practically have surrogate mothers in a couple of the local shopkeepers!

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Orientation week. It was a blur, and honestly I don’t remember half of it, but it was quite possibly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The upperclassmen were exceptionally helpful when it came to navigating campus, and I made friends through the course of that week that I currently live with, rushed with, and will forever be friends with.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? The best encounter I’ve had with a faculty member was my spring term endangered plant science class with Professor Charles Winder. He made a biology class engaging for a group of non-science majors, and our class was spent outdoors instead of cooped up in a lab. Plus, his Dalmatian is precious!

Tour Guide Spotlight: Lizzie Engel ’13

8 Dec

Lizzie Engel ’13

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major(s)/Minor(s): Physics/Engineering and Spanish

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Hillel, College Democrats, Pi Beta Phi, University Women’s Choir, Volunteer Venture Pre-Orientation Program

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have volunteered for the Head Start Program at Waddell Elementary.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I enjoy cooking, baking and exploring the outskirts of Lexington.

Favorite weekend activity? Studying outside on the Colonnade when it’s nice out.

Favorite thing about Lexington? Everyone abides by the speaking tradition, not just those associated with W&L.  When I walk through town, every person I pass is so friendly and welcoming.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? This past summer, I visited some of my friends who were in Lexington for the summer, and we went to Panther Falls.  We ended up camping there and sleeping on a boulder with an INCREDIBLE view of the stars.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? This isn’t a specific encounter, but my academic advisor (Irina Mazilu in the physics department) is definitely one of the coolest people on this campus and whenever I get to see her it’s a good day.  She really takes the time to get to know all of her students.  I frequently go into her office just to chat about life, and she’s never too busy to take the time to talk to me about travel, science, or the latest news story.  She’s always so helpful with schoolwork, and I can tell that she really cares.


Something Different

5 Nov

This past weekend Washington and Lee hosted Parents and Family Weekend. During this weekend the family members of students come to visit. Although many other schools have such weekends, W&L’s Parents and Family Weekend is a unique experience. Parents attend classes with students, meet with Professors, attend Fraternity and Sorority events, and go out with their kids and friends afterwards to celebrate. This weekend truly offers parents an inside look as to what W&L is like. For those parents who are not alumni, being able to see what makes W&L; W&L is a very enlightening experience. After my first Parents and Family Weekend my parents left feeling amazed at how close the community was. The professors know the students, everyone says hello to one another (thank you speaking tradition), and the overall atmosphere is one of warmth and relaxation. Although the small town of Lexington can feel a bit crowded with the influx of people, the energy is high and everyone is smiling. To me, the best part of Parents and Family Weekend is not only being able to see my family, but also showing them what I am experiencing day in and day out as a student at Washington and Lee.

You Know Lexington Is Nice

27 Apr

Wow, what a day with Accepted Students Day! Campus was packed and all looked happy to be there. I could not ask for a better day or Tour Group for that matter.

Speaking of the Tour Group, I did something I had never done before. I took a picture with them. A mother wanted to take one of the whole Tour Group so of course we complied. Don’t know if I will ever get that chance again!

Along with that, I wanted to say just how nice the people are here. Just got back from a nice early run and everyone I passed, at 8 a.m mind you, gave me a big smile and a good morning. You have to appreciate that, especially when they are doing it in between a couple yawns.