Claire Gillespie

Claire Gillespie
  • Class of 2016
  • Hometown: Johnsburg, IL
  • Major(s): English

About Claire Gillespie

Hi! I'm Claire - a rising junior and member of the Class of 2016 at William and Mary. I'm from Johnsburg, Illinois, spent last summer in New Haven, Connecticut, and currently live in Chicago when I'm not in WIlliamsburg.

I love to edit, read, write, and play piano. I study (you guessed it) English, and intern at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, edit the William and Mary Review, and write for the Flat Hat on campus.

Off campus, I can be found reviewing books for Curbside Splendor Publishing, roaming Chicago, New Haven, or whatever city I end up in, and enjoying my ceaseless pursuit of art.

Posts by Claire Gillespie

Chicago and me, in the summer

This summer, I moved to my grandmother’s apartment in Chicago, Illinois to intern at independent press Curbside Splendor. Living in this beautiful city has

Looking Back, Moving Forward

I am halfway done with college, and have taken some time to reflect on the experiences of these last two years. My freshman and

Homecoming and Surprises

In my opinion, surprises make Homecoming. You never know just who you’ll run into, which famous alumni will walk around the corner, which upperclassmen

Freshman Baby

I would love to freeze time right now. My philosophy exam and mounds of take-home finals I still need to outline and write are

Thoughts from the Aiport

A little boy just walked by and, upon viewing the group of tables I am sitting at, said, “Why are all these people eating

Happy Holidays!

Since I last wrote, I have survived a hurricane, experienced 70-degree weather in December, and gone home for the first time since August for

Recent Visitors

Several very exciting people have recently visited the College. A couple weeks ago, William Deresiewicz, an essayist and the author of the book A

My Weekend Activities

Saturday mornings are absolutely wonderful. It is on Saturdays that I wake up to this beautiful campus and realize how truly amazing it is

Clubs and Such

There is a club here called Wizards and Muggles that sorts students into a house at the beginning of the semester. Yes, a house