Ralston Hartness

Extracurricular Involvement

  • The Outing Club
  • Young Life
  • Burish Intership (Volunteer Coordinator with Maury River Middle School)
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Residential Life (RA/CA during Sophomore and Junior Year)
  • LEAD
    Running Club
  • Sunday Night Worship

Off-Campus Experiences

  • Summer Ropes Course Staff at Rockbridge Alum Springs Young Life Camp
  • Intern/Guide at Young Life Adventures West Virginia
  • Johnson Scholarship-funded travel through Spain, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Iceland

Post-Graduation Plans

Who knows? Teach Secondary Social Studies, work in outdoor education, hike the AT. The options are endless.

Favorite Class

A 3-way tie (that's cheating, I know) between Orthodoxy and Heresy, The Visual Culture of Memorials, and The Age of the Reformation.

Favorite Professor

My adviser, Professor Alex Brown

Favorite Lexington Landmark

North Mountain (especially during a colorful sunrise over the Blue Ridge and House Mountain)

Why did you choose W&L?

I love the mountains and fell in love with Lexington and the Shenandoah Valley upon my first visit. Although I was initially unsure (like every high-school senior at some point), each time I returned for another visit I experienced more and more of the dynamic and tight-knit community at W&L. The relationships I built with current students and faculty through those visits, along with the blessing of receiving a Johnson Scholarship, really drew me in to Lexington and I simply couldn't say no.

What 3 words would you use to describe the Class of 2018?

  • Ambitious
  • Passionate
  • Loyal