William Chichester, III (College ’05)
Major: Foreign Affairs (Concentration: Middle East North Africa/Arabic Language)
As a native of Fauquier County, Virginia, the University of Virginia was a natural choice for William. “UVA was the top ranked school in the state, and I had quite a few mentors in high school who were UVA alums.” As a first generation college student who grew up on a farm in a predominately white and black neighborhood, UVA provided him with the opportunity to interact with a lot of different types of people.
When you take the yellow line metro into the city from Virginia at 8 a.m. on a weekday, as I have for the past week, there is a lot to see. There are rushing commuters dressed in business formal and carrying briefcases and coffee, families visiting the city ready for a day of sightseeing, and huge, fast trains. However, my favorite sight on these mornings comes between the Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza metro stations when I finally cross the Potomac River into the city. From my spot at the window of the metro I can see across the river and over to the magnificence of the nation’s capital. I see tall buildings and great memorials, merging the city’s vibrant present with its momentous history. It’s beautiful, and I feel so lucky to be here.