Sewanee students are diverse in their backgrounds, passions, and aspirations. Scroll to find students with whom you share things in common and reach out. They're here to speak with you about their experiences and to share all the reasons that, no matter who you are, you belong right here.

Amanda Schlegel, C'23

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Major: Psychology and English

Amanda serves as a rhetoric tutor at the Center for Speaking and Listening, is a member of the University's nationally competitive club fencing team, and lives in the Sewanee's Writing House.

"While my initial attraction to Sewanee was to its architecture, my first campus visit displayed levels of personal connection I never expected. My admissions counselor learned my name so that from the time I applied, I never felt like a walking test score or a nameless face around campus."

Molly Jirgal, C'24

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Politics | Minor: Spanish

Molly is a student manager at Stirling's, tutors at the Center for Speaking & Listening, and serves as a mentor for the Finding Your Place program. In her free time, Molly enjoys wandering down new trails and people watching on the Stirling's porch.

"I ultimately chose Sewanee because of Dr. Puckette. She was so excited to share her work and was eager to get to know me and my interests. I felt she genuinely cared about her students. I had her my first semester and was blown away by how committed she was to making sure each and every one of her students succeeded but also by how she wanted to get to know us on a personal level outside of the classroom."

Hunter Grimes, C'23

Hometown: Gadsden, AL

Major: Natural Resources and the Environment | Minor: Business

Hunter is a member of Greek life, Order of the Gown, the forestry club, and the pickleball club, as well as serving as an Arcadian Leader and Social Chairman of his fraternity. Hunter loves mountain biking, working out, and learning jiujitsu and other martial arts.

"The atmosphere I discovered during my first tour won me over. Add that to the immense feeling of community I experienced from the moment I stepped on campus and I knew that I'd found the right spot for me."

Brionna Wiggins, C'23

Hometown: Washington, DC

Major: Art | Certificate: Creative Writing

Brionna is a POSSE Scholar who participates in the Art Forum, Black Student Union, and Sewanee's student-run event planning committee, the Tigers Entertainment Board.

"Coming from a big city, I chose Sewanee because I was seeking something new. When I saw campus and experienced what it's like in a place where everybody knows your name, I was sure Sewanee was right for me."

Grace Barlet, C'23

Hometown: Eclectic, AL

Major: Biology (pre-nursing) | Minor: Psychology and Economics

Grace is the co-president of the Pre-Health Peer Advisors, an active member of the Sewanee Health Professions Society and Sewanee for St. Jude. She loves trying new activities and meeting new people here on campus.

"I ultimately chose Sewanee because it was far enough away from home that I knew I would be forced out of my comfort zone (which is what I was looking for), but also have an incredibly welcoming and friendly community to become a part of! I wanted the small-town feel and the small class sizes, and I loved the beauty of the campus itself."

Callie Abner, C'23

Hometown: Pleasant View, TN

Major: History | Minor: Business

Callie is an Arcadian Leader, active member of Greek Life, previous Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Roberson Project, and a participant in campus religious life. Callie is also involved in Sewanee's business honors program, the Carey Fellowship. In her free time, she enjoys petting any animal that crosses her path, reading a wide range of books, and being goofy with her friends. 

"I knew Sewanee was for me when I discovered just how supportive the campus community really is. I felt celebrated for just being myself and that was such a warm feeling."