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"College is a time to both explore uncharted territory and to further your interests."

Joshua Jackson '16

Change. It is something we don't always enjoy, but we all inevitably face it at some point in our lives. Moving from the entertainment capital of the world to the quiet, quaint town of Lexington was going to be quite the change for me. I remember arriving at the airport, suitcase in tow, and unsure of why I decided to travel 2,200 miles away. I made my way through security and arrived at my gate, only to find that my seat had changed. Instead of having a window seat and the entire row to myself, I now had an aisle seat and was sharing the row with two small children. Great start on my journey to Lexington, right? I remember looking out of the window from my aisle seat, wondering what I would encounter once I touched down in Virginia. After all, I was trading bright lights and palm trees for historic, brick buildings and below-freezing temperatures. Everything was very different from what I had previously known, and it took a lot of adjusting before I accepted that I would be in Lexington for the next four years.

Fast forward three years, and I am now looking back, writing on my wonderful time here at W&L. Being able to major in the Williams School while taking a class in the science of crime scene investigations is a testament to W&L's diverse liberal arts education. Co-curricular programs like Washington and Lee Student Consulting, the Kemper Scholar program, the Shepherd Program, and many other organizations have opened doors to extremely rewarding opportunities — opportunities that have allowed me to travel, help companies expand their market share, and even do Sunday morning yoga with 200 people in Millennium Park. I've had the pleasure of establishing meaningful relationships with extremely accomplished friends, world-renowned professors, and knowledgeable mentors. All of this has contributed to an unforgettable college experience that I wouldn't have acquired elsewhere.

With only one more year to go, I've learned that college is very much like my five-hour plane ride to Lexington. There are times where you will be unsure of the choices you make: your choice of major, the type of person you want to be, or the kind of people with whom you will surround yourself. It is not always easy, and it was not meant to be. Despite that, college is not something to fear. Rather, it should be embraced and celebrated. College is a time to both explore uncharted territory and to further your interests in that of which you already know and love. This time in your life was made to challenge you, to change you, and, ultimately, to help you grow.

Joshua Jackson '16

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Major: Business Administration

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Washington and Lee Student Consulting
  • Kemper Scholar Program
  • University Board of Appeals
  • Honor Advocate Program
  • Shepherd Poverty Program
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
  • Traveller

Off-Campus Experiences:

  • Shepherd Internship (Summer 2013)
  • Financial Capability Fellow at Center for Economic Progress (Summer 2014)
  • Kemper Corporation Corporate Investments (Summer 2015)

Post-Graduation Plans: Work in the consulting field and pursue a MBA degree after a few years of working experience.

What's your passion? I don't necessarily have one passion; rather a passion for many things. Some of these things include fitness, learning new languages, and learning about different cultures.

What's something people wouldn't guess about you? I am an avid fan of Impressionist Art, namely the works of Camille Pissarro.

Why did you choose your major? I chose to major in Business Administration for two reasons. The first is that I want to pursue a career in consulting, and the second is that I like people. When one thinks about it, business is simply about interactions between individuals. I believe if you enjoy working with, managing, and or navigating different personalities, then you've done half the job.

What professor has inspired you? It's incredibly hard to pick just one professor because they all have inspired me to some extent. However, just listening to the story of Professor Theodore De Laney will inspire anyone.

Advice for prospective or first-year students? "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn.

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At W&L, 22% of classes have 2-9 students, 49% have 10-19 students, 27% have 20-29 students and just 1% has 30-39 students.
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