EHS visits Virginia

We had an amazing visit to beautiful Virginia, and are already counting down until we can return! Check out some of the highlights below…


Shenandoah University: We had never been to the sleep corner of Virginia where the music coming from the conservatory fills the air. Shenandoah Conservatory is Virginia’s – and one of the country’s – premier conservatories with a faculty of more than 100 professionals in music, theatre and dance and an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe. Shenandoah Conservatory offers more than 60 degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, artist diploma and doctoral levels and produces nearly 400 performances each year. More than 700 students are currently enrolled. Yet Shenandoah is more than a school of the arts. Shenandoah offers 47 undergraduate degrees and 29 graduate degrees.


Washington and Lee: We made a quick stop at Washington and Lee to catch a presentation by Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen. Here we are waiting for Lauren to be introduced:

Lauren shared stories from her 15 internships during her college years. She revealed insider secrets to finding and landing the perfect internship. Afterwards, students lined up to sign copies of her new book:


James Madison University:  You would not have known that nestled in between mountains and farmland of the Shenandoah Valley, close to 20,000 students attend James Madison University. The James Madison guidebook highlights “full professors who hold consistent office hours and make themselves extremely accessible.” We found this to be the case. With every department we visited, we found students engaged in conversation with faculty and staff. Our last stop was the Employer Relations and Recruiting Services office. Buzzing with visiting recruiters, interviewing students, and a large staff of Student Assistants and Graduate Assistants, we were impressed by the hospitality we were shown on a very busy day. Thank you James Madison for a great day!

From left to right: Anthony Mujica, Emma Maynard, Denise Meadows Rudolph, Melissa Peale, Donna Pettit, and Kelly Gooch

University of Virginia: Why we wondered, was the traffic in Charlottesville on October 22nd, worse than New York City? We had arrived in town for the University of Virginia Diversity Career Day but we sat in traffic as we tried to reach our hotel. Little did we know that Bruce Springsteen was in town and performed six songs in town before giving concert at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia has many beautiful features. Our favorite was the The Lawn residence. Located in Mr. Jefferson’s original buildings, these rooms are truly in the center of the University. Available to only 54 students, these rooms open up directly on the incredible Lawn of the university, where students relax and study.

As you can see, we had quite a trip. Looking forward to the next one already!

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