Curious what life is like at Williams? Ask an Eph! The students below are eager to hear from you and answer all of your questions about Williams. Each has unique experiences and perspectives to share—feel free to peruse their bios, or use the filters to the left to search for specific academic interests, graduation year, or home state/country.

Mackenzie

Mackenzie '22

Sarasota, FL

Undeclared, Jewish Studies

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  • My most meaningful experience at Williams

    When I did WOW, the Williams fly-in program, that Friday turned out to be Mountain Day. Mountain Day is one of the Fridays in October, and classes are canceled. Everyone (literally) hikes up a mountain and enjoys performances and apple cider. At first, I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get to see actual classes, but several professors hosted mock classes just for us. This meant that they took time out of their day off, when they’re supposed to be up a mountain with everyone else, to be there for us and answer all of our questions. It was then when I realized just how much the faculty and staff truly do care about their students. Now, I get to graduate with 5 Mountain Days!

  • Activities

    Williams College Jewish Association board member, Queer Student Union member, Cap & Bells member

  • Hobbies

    Singing, dancing, crocheting, walking through snow, finding new places on campus to hang out.

Carolyn

Carolyn '22

Los Angeles, CA

Art History

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  • My favorite place on campus

    I go to Sawyer Library every day, but during Winter Study and on Saturday mornings, I’m not on the second floor to peel open my textbooks. I’m there to draw. When I got to Sawyer during the first few weeks of my first semester here, I went down to the second floor to ask the OIT desk a question when I eyed a huge Wacom digital illustration tablet. I dropped by the Equipment Loan Center to rent the stylus, logged into the computer, and found that the Wacom was synced to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. With Sawyer’s equipment, I started making graphic designs and am now trying to start up a website to sell prints. So when I tell my friends I’m off to Sawyer, I say it with a smile.

  • Activities

    Creative Strategy intern at the Williams College Communications Office, Production Director of WCFM 91.9 FM (the College’s student-run radio station), member of Koreans of Williams, designer for Parlor Tricks, a student-run literary arts publication.

  • Hobbies

    Drawing/painting, creative writing, running through Williamstown (or Upper Lasell during the Winter), finding places to cook on campus

Maya

Maya '21

Pelham, MA

Environmental Studies, Art History

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  • My favorite place on campus

    One of my favorite places on campus is the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. It was designed to be a net-zero energy and water building, and houses the environmental studies department and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. As an environmental studies major this feels like my home on campus, where I know everyone in the building and where I am inspired by the work that they are all doing.

  • Activities

    Center for Environmental Studies research assistant, Tour Guide, Sawyer library Access Services Assistant, No Lost Generation: Refugee Advocates treasurer, Williams Environmental Council member, B team ultimate frisbee member, WOOLF orientation leader and instructor

  • Hobbies

    Spending time outside, drawing, watching "Friends"

Connor

Connor '22

Miller Place, NY

Economics, Spanish

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  • My favorite place on campus

    My favorite place on campus is Goodrich Hall. I’ve taken advantage of this funky former chapel as a study space, coffee bar and performance stage. I have had many great memories with friends attending Stressbusters, doing work upstairs and then dancing on the stage for Ritmo’s spring show. It just seems to be a more intimate social setting than Paresky but still bursting with the same vibrancy and entertainment opportunities.

  • Activities

    Admissions Ambassador, Tour Guide, First Generation Orientation Leader, EOS and Justice League Mentoring for At-Risk Youth, Gospel Choir, Ritmo Latino Dance

  • Hobbies

    Dabbling in cooking (but mostly eating), reading, listening to music, fishing and hiking

Ilana

Ilana '21

Pittsfield, MA

Philosophy, Physics

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  • Why I chose Williams

    I chose Williams for many reasons, more than this short answer question allows. However, the main reason I chose Williams is because of the emphasis on the importance of collaborative work. Having access to such a large community of incredibly smart professors is very special. But if you add to that the wealth of knowledge and experience provided by the student population, Williams has the potential to be the richest learning environment you will be in for the rest of your life.

  • Activities

    Women’s Varsity Soccer Team, Society for Physics Students Board, Junior Advisor

  • Hobbies

    Reading, skiing (a lot)