shaun-85It’s hard to believe that in a month and a half I’ll be back in classes! I’ve been completely caught up in my summer job, working as a tour guide at the Washington and Lee Admissions Office. Three times a day, I meet with prospective parents and students and take them around the campus that I have come to know extremely well, having given close to 70 tours since I started in late May! The great thing about my job is that I get to meet all sorts of interesting people and constantly show off the school that I have come to truly love. Hopefully my enthusiasm shines through in each and every one of those tours! I am thrilled to be making some money this summer—goodness knows I’m going to have enough on my plate come this fall. I’m registered to take Microeconomic theory, Health economics, Spanish literary analysis, and a class on the Spanish novel Don Quijote. It will be nice to leave the heat of a Virginia summer behind me and dive into another year of classes at W&L.

To those of you getting ready to start college in the fall, congratulations! If you’re unsure as to what to bring to school with you, I would recommend checking out this list on Collegeboard: It’s very detailed and should at least give you a good idea of what to bring (and not bring) to college! Also, if you’re worried about the high prices of textbooks, I would advise you to explore sites like and, both of which sell used books and allow students to rent textbooks and return them after a quarter, semester, year, etc. These prices are extremely lower than buying new textbooks at your college bookstore.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer and is relaxed enough to head back to school, refreshed, in the fall. Get excited for another wonderful year!