Who am I?
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley – an hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City. I transferred to William & Mary after spending my freshman year at a private university in Pennsylvania, graduating in 2014 with a major in Government and minor in History.
Why William & Mary?
A finance major leading an improv group? A varsity soccer captain conducting self-designed research trials in Liberia? A history major interning in Colonial Williamsburg? Okay, maybe the last one isn’t too terribly surprising. Given over 300 years of history and traditions, the College of William & Mary never ceases to shatter my expectations. In the classroom, in the community and across the globe, William & Mary students and professors leverage a deep respect for the past to help inspire bold questions for the future.
As a student who took two attempts to find the perfect college fit, I understand how daunting college decisions often feel. In my role as Assistant Dean of Admission, I hope to help students find their ideal home for the next four years of their lives and ensure the future William & Mary community remains as bright, diverse and passionate as it is today.
What’s With the Photo?
Most Saturday mornings I can be found at William & Mary’s coffee house, the Daily Grind, with an Americano and a good book. A few of my favorite fiction authors include Sinclair Lewis, David Foster Wallace (pictured), Charles Dickens, and Richard Wright. My favorite academic writers include Jackson Lears, William James, Thorstein Veblen, Angus Burgin, and Richard Hofstadter.
What I do in Admission:
I am the regional dean for out-of-state students from Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as in-state students from North Central Virginia. Around the office, I am involved in many on-campus programming experiences. Specifically, I work with Fall Focus, Tribe Shadow and Tribe Ambassadors programs, and assist with the Transfer Admission process.
- In the year following graduation, I spent Fridays and Saturdays volunteering for the National Park Service at Ellis Island and the Statute of Liberty. An insider’s tip for fans of the movie, Hitch: the big book never really existed.
- Instead of a full middle name, I only have a middle letter – “S” – for my grandfather, Stanley Sylvester Stephens, Jr.
- My parents were engaged in Williamsburg, so they tend to come visit quite often (which, obviously, I love).