My name is Annie Longobardo and I am a member of the Class of 2014. I came to Williams from Bronxville, New York, a suburb of New York City. My parents are members of the Class of 1982 and since I was little I dreamed of sharing Williams with them. While I looked at other colleges when deciding on where to spend my four years, Williams has always felt like home.
I am a History major here, concentrating on the history of World War II. I considered a double major in Studio Art after taking an amazing class with Ed Epping during my freshman year, but my favorite class so far was “Intro Workshop in Memoir” with Karen Shepard. It was my first English class at Williams and the first day I was intimidated by the strong group of women sitting around the seminar table. But that group of thirteen women became my close friends, with all of us learning about each other and ourselves; this is one of the things I love about Williams: friendship can appear in surprising places.
I play field hockey, and my teammates here have become my second family (I’m wearing #4 in our team picture above). After one of my friends from home passed away last summer, my teammates, coaches, and I organized a fundraiser in her memory. We really ran with the idea and ended up raising over $7,000 dollars for her organization, Elizabeth’s Hope. We also dedicated a game to her memory—and beat Conn. College 3-0! Meeting people who are so generous and willing to help when it matters the most has really made my time at Williams special.
I will soon be studying abroad in Rome, and I am thankful that Williams is giving me this opportunity. I know I will miss the Purple Valley while I am gone; I already can’t wait to return to Williams in the fall for my senior year.
Thank you again for your Alumni Fund gift and for making so many things possible for me during my time at Williams.
Annie Longobardo ’14