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.

Ruairi '20

North Andover, MA

Undeclared, History, Political Science, Sociology

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  • My most meaningful experience at Williams

    In early November of last year, I found myself, as many college students do, sitting in a study room in Hollander at 1 am working on a paper that was due later that week. All of a sudden, I was startled by the door swinging open and I looked up, to my surprise, to see a Campus Security officer standing at the door. Being a paranoid freshman, I tensed up and tried to be as polite and proper as possible because I was terrified I was breaking some rule I didn't know. Then something happened that I never expected. The security officer asked me what I was working on, and I explained to him the prompt of my paper and my thesis. He then told me how insightful my thesis was, sat down in a chair across from me, and began to share his own experience on the subject, which led to a 45-minute discussion about my paper, my origins, my extracurricular interests, and everything in between. It was a wonderful conversation with an unexpected friend, and it is a fond memory that left a lasting impression.

  • Activities

    Sailing, Intern at Williamstown Historical Museum

  • Hobbies

    Sailing, soccer, reading, food, and Netflix

Alison '18

Charlottesville, VA

Economics

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  • My favorite place on campus

    Cole Field is hands down my favorite place on campus. On a fall Saturday, you can watch soccer and rugby games with the trees changing color in the mountains—it's absolutely gorgeous. But the best times at Cole Field are actually at night—star-gazing with your friends, telling stories, and staying up late chatting in this serene place.

  • Activities

    Great Ideas Committee, All Campus Entertainment, JV Lacrosse, Berkshire Farms Volunteering, Neighborhood Leadership Team

  • Hobbies

    Traveling, scuba diving, skiing, running, cooking, reading, watching Netflix, and playing solitaire!

Alex '20

Barrington, RI

Undeclared, Music, Psychology

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  • Why I chose Williams

    One of the great things about Williams is the fact that the faculty here want to get to know you. They are as interested in helping you navigate a discipline, campus, or life as you are in getting know them. Before I even applied, a professor in the Music Department was willing to sit down with me and my family to discuss the program. Since then, I have had meals, coffee, and and one-on-one conversations with many others. You don't get that kind of experience at a bigger university.

  • Activities

    Opinions Editor of Williams Record, Gospel Choir, Speakfree, Wind Ensemble, Psychology Teaching Assistant, Elementary School Teacher

  • Hobbies

    Composing music and poetry, spending time with friends, practicing piano, singing

Erica '18

Pittsburgh, PA

Biology

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  • Why I chose Williams

    Williams was the perfect combination of liberal arts and research institution—I didn't have to sacrifice one or the other. As an environmental activist and someone dedicated to protecting our natural resources, it was important to me to attend a school where I could both engage the natural surroundings on my own and also know that the institution was doing the most it can to protecting it on an institutional level.

  • Activities

    Biology Research Assistant, Williams Ballroom, ThinkFood, Percussion Ensemble, Intern at Greylock Animal Hospital

  • Hobbies

    Playing percussion, doing NYT puzzles, reading, knitting, watching nature documentaries

Taran '20

Ridgefield, CT

Arabic Studies, Political Economy

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  • My favorite place on campus

    The Career Center here offers a lot of special opportunities, like the Foreign Affairs Career Trek I attended during my first-year Winter Study. I went to Washington D.C. with a group of other students and visited places like the New York Times Washington bureau, the State Department, the Brookings Institute, the Pentagon, and stopped at the United Nations in New York City on our way back to campus. At all of these places, we met and talked with alumni about their experiences at Williams and their careers after Williams.

  • Activities

    Stanley Kaplan Council, Williams Musicians Alliance, Williams Record, Williams College Law Society

  • Hobbies

    Playing trombone and guitar, baseball, music production, traveling