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First-years face unique challenges adjusting to college during a pandemic


October 21, 2020

Restrictions are designed to limit students’ close contacts, making it difficult for first-years to meet classmates and upperclassmen

International first-year students face unique challenges

17 first-year international students are studying abroad at St. Andrews due to travel restrictions.

Vivek Kumar and JIN NI

October 7, 2020

First year international students must overcome pandemic challenges, even as they are stranded from home and the W&L community

Pre-orientation programs grow to satisfy rising student demand

Pre-orientation students on the Appalachian Trail.
Photo courtesy of W&L.

Alison Murtagh

September 19, 2016

More students than ever flocked to campus ahead of orientation week this year to get involved in The Leading Edge, Washington and Lee’s trio of first-year pre-orientation programs. According to James Dick, Washington and Lee’s director of outdoor education, there are three different pre-orienta...

First-years become leaders in going green

First-years become leaders in going green

Sam Bramlett

September 14, 2015

They volunteer. They hike. And now, first-year students are going green. Sustainability Leadership, a new pre-orientation trip this year, focused on changing the way students think about the environment and their ability to lead others. Director of Sustainability Kim Cowgill and Dean of Sophomores...

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