Meet A Student

One-on-one with W&L Students

Current students are available to meet one-on-one virtually with students and answer any questions about life at W&L and Lexington. Appointments are scheduled via online video chats in 15-minute intervals, so come prepared with questions or topics to discuss! One-on-one appointments are designed for students who have already applied or with serious interest in W&L.

Avalon Pernell '23

Journalism & Politics from Tuscaloosa, AL
Avalon's favorite place on campus is Lenfest Center for the Arts, where she spends her time checking out the different art installations and listening to music. Outside of the classroom, she is an editor for the Ring Tum Phi (student newspaper), a student ambassador, and a member of the Student Association for Black Unity.

Courtney Berry '21

Cognitive and Behavioral Science & Strategic Communication from Charlottesville, VA
When she is not in the classroom or at The Marketplace (her favorite campus dining location to chow down waffle fries), Courtney can be found on the volleyball court, where she competes as a captain of the women's varsity volleyball team. Courtney serves as a small group and worship leader for Reformed University Fellowship and she loves connecting people through her roles as a University Ambassador and a WLULEX communications team member.

Eli Samson '23

Economics & Spanish from Houston, TX
Eli's favorite location on campus is Tucker Hall, where he's had many engaging classes with W&L's Romance Languages department. When he's not in class or on Tik Tok, you can find Eli discussing client business models with Washington and Lee Student Consulting, volunteering around Lexington with the Shepherd Program, and scheduling programs for his fraternity as Social Chair and Office and Inclusion and Engagement liaison.

Emma Callaghan '22

Politics from Richmond, VA
Emma is the President of the University Ambassadors and loves sharing her knowledge of W&L with prospective students. She is also an attorney on the Mock Trial team and spends much of her time prepping for trial at the law school. When she isn’t studying, Emma loves to bake for her roommates or hike on the nearby trails with her friends.

Estrella Burks-Parra '23

Politics & Theatre (Law, Justice, and Society minor) from La Habra, CA
Estrella is in the Dance Company, serves on the First Year Orientation Committee and tutors at a local elementary school. Estrella is from Southern California and her favorite thing about W&L is the authentic relationship and community that it fosters between faculty, students, alumni, and so many others.

Grace Anne Holladay '21

Biochemistry from Nashville, TN
Grace Anne's favorite spot in Lexington is LexCo (Lexington Coffee Shop), where she enjoys drinking hot chocolate out of her giraffe mug. She is involved as a Young Life leader, a Peer Counselor, a Volunteer Venture leader, and an Organic Chemistry lab TA.

Grace Pelosky '22

Business Administration & Art History from Winchester, MA
Grace's favorite location is The Lenfest Center for the Arts, where she spends her free time listening to the music that can always be heard in the halls. She is involved in several musical groups — such as the University Singers, the General Admission A Cappella group, and the Refuge Choir — as well as Student Consulting, serving as a MockCon state vice chair, and being involved in the Theatre productions.

Ian McCabe '23

Business Administration & Politics from Centra Harbor, NH
Ian is a Business Administration and Politics double major from Center Harbor, NH. He enjoys getting coffee in downtown Lexington and playing golf on the weekends with friends. Ian is a member of the Real Estate Society on-campus that invests over a million dollars in publicly traded real estate companies. Off-campus, he interns for a wealth management firm and a private equity portfolio company.

Jack Eason '22

History & Geology from Bowling Green, KY
Jack's favorite activities on campus are getting a hike in on the back campus trails and doing research in the library's Special Collections. He is involved in several groups on campus including WLUR — the campus radio station, Rotaract — a service club, University Ambassadors and Greek life.

Jowita Chotkiewicz '23

Politics (French and Russian minors)from Worms, Germany
Jowita's favorite spot is the Ruscio Center for Global Learning. Together with the Lenfest Center for the Arts, these two spots are where you can find Jowita. She is a member of the University Singers and SHAG (Sexual Health and Awareness Group) and serves as an International Student Mentor, an Office of Inclusion Ambassador and a peer counselor.

Julie Rosenstein '22

Politics (Entrepreneurship minor) from Bethesda, MD
Julie is very involved on campus. Alongside University Ambassadors, she is a member of the Connolly Entrepreneurship Society, the LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program, Peer Tutors, Development Ambassadors, and her sorority. She also served as a state chair for Mock Convention 2020. In her free time, Julie enjoys indoor cycling classes, long runs around campus and grabbing coffee in town with friends.

Lane Johansen '22

Politics & Russian Area Studies from Tampa, FL
Lane's favorite spot on campus is the Ruscio Center for Global Learning, where she spends time in her favorite classes, studying, or hanging out with friends. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including Reformed University Fellowship, Greek Life, and Love146 (a club connected with the Love146 international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation).

Mackenzie Walter '22

American Politics (Law, Justice, and Society minor) from Philadelphia, PA
Outside of University Ambassadors, Mackenzie is a class representative on the Executive Committee (student government and honor system), is involved with Greek Life, and was on the research committee for New York State during Mock Con 2020. When not in class, she can be found exploring the natural beauty of Rockbridge County with her friends.

Natalie Spangler '23

English (Mathematics and Education Policy minors) from Atlanta, GA
Natalie's favorite location on campus is Elrod Commons student center, where she spends time catching up with friends. On campus, she is a member of the Burish Service Leadership Program, Reformed University Fellowship, Greek life and is a tutor at the W&L Writing Center.

Patrick Slattery '23

Accounting and Finance (Mathematics and Poverty and Human Capability Studies minors) from Omaha, NE
Patrick's free time is often spent hiking in Rockbridge County with friends and floating down the Maury River. He is involved in various organizations on campus including the Williams Investment Society, Reformed University Fellowship, Catholic Campus Ministry and intramural sports.

Sam Carley '22

Politics & Russian Area Studies (Cell Biology minor)from Springfield, VA
In addition to University Ambassadors, Sam is involved with the Washington and Lee Political Review, Campus Ministry and Phonathon. In her free time you can find Sam on the Woods Creek Trail or at the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization where she volunteers as a softball coach.

Tahri Phillips '23

English & Cognitive and Behavioral Science (Africana Studies minor) from Wrightsville, PA 
Tahri is a member of the women's basketball team, so you can often find her on the court or somewhere in the new Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center. She is also a Residential Life staff member, sings in Jubilee and is involved with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.

Tyler Waldman '24

Economics and Spanish from Richmond, VA
Tyler is an Economics and Spanish major from Richmond, Virginia. His favorite location is the gazebo on back campus, where he spends his free time hiking and listening to music. He is involved in several organizations on campus, including University Ambassadors, First Year Orientation Committee, and Hillel.