Fly-In Program Emily Danzig '16 & Deanna Schreiber '17
On October 23rd and 24th, the W&L Admissions Office, brought 12 students to Lexington for their wildly popular Jewish prospective student fly-in program. First-year students graciously hosted the prospective students in their dorm rooms, guiding them around campus, and sharing insight about Jewish life at W&L. First-year Hannah Falchuk hosted a student this year in her Gaines room: "I wanted to host because I had such a good experience last year when I participated in the program as a prospective student...the best part was sharing with my prospective student what I've learned about W&L so far and hearing how excited she was to apply now."
During the day on Friday, the prospective students had a packed schedule, exploring Washington and Lee landmarks on a campus tour led by Hillel President Ben Brams, and sitting in on classes for subjects in which they're interested. On Friday night, the prospectives, their hosts, VMI cadets and other W&L Hillel members from all class years celebrated Shabbat together with challah, candles, a delicious pasta dinner and cupcakes baked in the Hillel community kitchen. Each table was a mix of visiting and current students discussing college searches and W&L culture, naturally mixed with many interruptions of Jewish geography. It was amazing to hear current first-year students excitedly describing their experiences so far, from High Holy Days services to bagel brunches to Friday night dinners. Later that night, everyone reconvened back at Hillel for a delicious spread of ice cream and toppings, generously served by the Admissions Office. As hosts to prospective Jewish students in past years, it is so exciting to watch new classes of Jewish Generals join the growing community on campus!