When I arrived at W&L in September 2009, I thought 2013 was forever away. But just as every upperclassman warned me, my years at W&L would fly by faster than I could ever imagine. Last Thursday, the Registrar released the Winter Term Course Listings in preparation for next week’s undergraduate registration process. I’m always SO excited to see which classes I can take next term, but seeing 2013 at the top of the page definitely threw me for a loop. Seriously, where has the time gone?! Well, at least the Registrar consoles us by allowing seniors to register first!
After a restful Reading Days, the undergraduate students are back on campus and gearing up for midterms. It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through October and halfway through the fall semester. Itensity is picking up, whether that be in our coursework or seniors’ preparations for “life after W&L.” Several of my friends have been preparing for medical school and Teach For America interviews, while others await LSAT scores in order to complete their law school applications. But these preparations don’t just apply to seniors. I’ve already heard of sophomores and juniors applying for Spring Term courses and summer internships, so it seems that plenty of people are trying to balance their focus on midterms and future adventures right now. Thankfully, we have Lexington’s foliage to help us take a deep breath, put everything in perspective, and appreciate the beauty of fall in Virginia!
Not only has the Gilliam Admissions House been bustling with prospective students on this Columbus Day, but Lexington as a whole has been abuzz in light of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy address at VMI this morning. While I haven’t seen any of the motorcades or security personnel for myself, plenty of my friends have tweeted photos of the Romney entourage as they passed VMI’s Cameron Hall on their way to campus this morning. W&L’s very own Kevin Remington was there to cover the event (stay tuned for some great photos on Scene on Campus!), and @FoxNewsPhotos caught Kevin in action! It’s not every day that the man normally behind the camera gets national credit for his amazing work!
I have to take the opportunity to give a shout out to one of my favorite professor’s on campus, Prof. Dickovick. As my advisor, Prof. Dickovick is always there to give advice on classes, help me arrange my course of study, or to just shoot the breeze for a bit. Camie and I have both taken a handful of classes with Prof. Dickovick and we both went to Ghana with him this past spring where his Ghanaian name, Koffi, stuck. Over the summer, my friend Natasha and I worked with Koffi as part of the R.E. Lee Summer Scholar Program. I could go on and on about how great Koffi is, so it was certainly no surprise to check the W&L website and see Koffi’s recent work highlighted. His expertise in the field of decentralization has led him to work with many organizations, most recently USAID in Kenya. It is a great feeling knowing that I am being taught by the best of the best!
Even though they’ve only been here for about a month, the Class of 2016 is already electing their First-Year Representative for the Executive Committee and First-Year Justice for the Student Judicial Council. This class of first-years has gone above and beyond with their campaign creativity. I’ve seen witty flyers hanging in the Commons and slogans written on sidewalks in chalk, but this button definitely caught my eye. Best of luck to all the students in the run-offs!
There is always something exciting happening on campus and this week Homecoming is not the only big event. This week happens to be quite heavy with guest lectures and special talks that are sure to be very interesting, I just hope I can fit a few into my schedule.
Tonight, Michael Hanson ’03 will be giving a talk titled “Documentary Photography of Latin American Resources, From Amazon Oil to Caribbean Baseball.” Tomorrow, Thomas Grove ’02 will deliver a lecture entitled “Our Man in Moscow: Reporting from Russia for Reuters.” Finally, on Friday, Professor Eric Uffelman will speak during the Cincinnati Professorship Inaugural Lecture, “Scientific Adventures with Rembrandt, Vermeer, Veronese, Peale, Ghissi and Others.” Each of these talks sounds so different yet so interesting-there certainly is never a shortage of something to do here on campus!