Back at WAC: Patrick Cahill ‘14


By Aliya Merhi

Elm Staff Writer

After graduation, some students just can’t stay away from Washington College. Patrick Cahill is one of them. Just two months after graduating last May he ap- plied to be an admissions representative and got the job.

Cahill graduated in 2014 with a double major in biology and anthropol- ogy and a concentration in African studies. He was only planning on minor- ing in anthropology, but he simply couldn’t stop taking anthropology classes.

The Tanzanian seminar in the summer of 2013 was the real turning point in deciding to double major, adding anthropol- ogy. During his time abroad, he said, “I got to see [many dif- ferent] cultures there… It was a really eye opening experience. I just fell in love with anthropology and the cultural aspect of it.”

His professors, Dr. Aaron Lampman, chair of the an- thropology department and associate professor, and Dr. Bill Schindler, associate professor of anthropology, encouraged him to turn the minor into a major his senior year. Cahill said, “I love the faculty here because they really encourage you to pursue what you are interested in.”

Cahill came to WC with an open mind to try new experi- ences. He said, “If I don’t like them, at least I know that it’s not what I want to do.”

This perspective led him to try out for the rowing team his freshman year even though he was a novice rower. “That’s one of the unique things that I like to tell prospective students,” he said.

Cahill '14
Cahill ’14

Another new experience was Cahill’s involvement in Greek life when he rushed Phi Delta Theta his freshman year. “I always tell people that Greek life is an awesome outlet… like an alternative club. It doesn’t make or break your social experience, but I really enjoyed my time,” he said.

Getting involved in college is a great way to meet people, learn something new, and build your resume all at the same time. Cahill was also the president of the Wilderness Adven- ture Club his junior year, a Peer Mentor for two years, and an admissions aide for all four years. “That is what college is all about. Going beyond your boundaries, growing as a person, and trying things you never thought you would be able to do,” he said.

As an admissions aide he worked for Irma Victorius. “Ev- erybody has a student worker who stands out in their mind, and you get one, maybe, every four or five years that is just fantastic, and that was Patrick for me,” she said. “One time I remember that I asked him to please straighten up [a room]. I went down and he had it looking like the day we moved into it. I literally just sat there and cried I was so happy.”

Victorius knew his enthusiasm for the school and work ethics so well that she recommended he apply for the admis- sions representative position when it became available.

As an admissions representative, Cahill does information sessions, interviews prospective students, and writes lettered notecards to prospective students. He said, “Every counselor has a territory. My territory is southern Delaware, so I visited all of the high schools. Our travel season is usually in October and the first week of November.”

In the coming months, he will be receiving and reading applications from his territory.

There were two other admission representatives hired at the same time as Cahill: Temperance Field and Obella Obbo who also graduated in the spring of 2014. Field said, “It’s a lot of fun being back because the three of us have a really good dynamic.”

Cahill’s experience has fueled his desire to promote the school through admissions. He said he became a Peer Mentor because, “I had a great transition, and I wanted to make sure that other students had that same experience.”

His love for the school continued to grow throughout his four years. He said, “I fell in love with WC. I loved my four years here. It was such a great time, and it was something I was really proud of graduating from here and to have as my Alma Mater.”

Cahill loves the location by the water, the history of the College, the students, the faculty, and the staff. He wants to make sure students thinking about going to college know about the hidden gem that is WC and help the next genera- tion of Shoremen and Shorewomen also fall in love with WC.

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