Hi! My name is Kevin Coakley, and I am a member of the Class of 2020. Thank you so much for contributing to the Alumni Fund. Know that, by donating, you are allowing all current and future students to enjoy the fantastic experience that Williams provides, one that I’m sure you loved as well.
I grew up in Lenox, Massachusetts, which is a little less than an hour away from campus. I was well aware of Williams throughout my childhood, as both my parents are alumni. My dad was an athlete in college, so he took my brother and me to sporting events often. However, when I started applying to college, I wasn’t convinced that Williams was the best fit for me. It was only once I got to Previews as a pre-frosh that I truly realized how special this college and its people are.
Once I arrived freshman fall, I was looking to explore every opportunity I could. Coming from a very small school, I struggled to pick only four courses from a suddenly huge array of diverse choices. However, I loved every moment of the classes I had (minus the homework) and my professors were all excellent. In fact, my favorite course ended up being math, which I did not expect to like as much as I did.
On the extracurricular side, I’m still finding my way. I had been an athlete throughout high school, so not being on a varsity team was a shock at first. However, I’ve been willing to step into many different clubs and, in the process, have met amazing people that I look forward to getting to know in my next seven semesters. Not quite knowing my place has been a great problem to have, and there is no better place to find my community than Williams. I know that none of this would be possible without the generous support of alumni, so for that, I thank you wholeheartedly.
Kevin Coakley ’20
On January 18, 2017, the entire student body came together to celebrate all the things that members of the Williams community do for one another and to show their gratitude and “EphPreciation” for your Alumni Fund contribution by signing thank you cards. As such, the signature inside your card may not belong to the student profiled on this page. To learn more about the EphPreciation event, visit williams.edu/ephpreciation; to read about the students your gift impacts, visit williams.edu/ephprofiles.