Hometown: Appleton, WI
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Poverty & Human Capability Studies
- Campus Kitchen Leadership Team
- Washington and Lee Student Consulting
- Mock Convention 2016
- Volunteer Venture
- Student Recruitment Committee
- Running Club
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Copenhagen, Denmark
- CSR Consulting Practicum in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Shepherd International Internship doing Microfinance Consulting in Can Tho, Vietnam
- Summer Associate at Palladium Strategy Execution Consulting in New York, NY
Post-Graduation Plans: Pursuing a career in consulting.
Favorite Class: This is the hardest question I will EVER answer! I have to go with Poverty 101 with Howard Pickett. It was the first class I ever attended at W&L, and therefore it was my first introduction to college classes. I have never been so challenged in my life! Ultimately, it taught me to be a better participant — to think (and REALLY think) before I speak, to say what I truly mean, to ask questions candidly, to write with conviction — which helped me not only in my further terms as a student, but also how to be a good citizen at W&L.
What professor has inspired you? You guys ask the tough questions. Although I only took one course with him, Professor Dickovick will forever influence me. His International Development course was hugely significant for me. I learned so much in such a short period of time, but it never felt overwhelming due to Dickovick's poise as a professor. Every conversation I had with him, whether it was in class, at Macado's or LexCo, in his office, walking down the street, I felt like I walked away having learned something. His kindness also inspires me. Whether you took a course with him or not, he always has a smile on his face and words of support for you. All of my friends know him and adore him, and we all have very different areas of study. I think that's a testament to the great person that he is.
Favorite Lexington Landmark: TAPS. Although it is new, it is the best! Trust me, the pimento cheese burger will blow your mind.
Why did you choose W&L: Fun fact... All three of my older siblings went here (graduation dates '08, '10, '13). I wanted to rebel and go against the family grain, but somehow W&L pulled me in. I visited the school during Spring Term when I was still on the waitlist for my first choice school, and I had a change of heart. I suppose the Ackell legacy was meant to be!
Advice for prospective or first-year students? Don't worry about a minor, double major, or triple major-seriously. Take classes that you find interesting, whether you think it applies to your major or not. Many of my most memorable (and fun) classes have been in art history, religion, and anthropology, which are all very different from my Business major.