Earlier this week Sam Fein-Helfman, a rising senior at W&M, invited me on a tour — well not exactly. She invited me to lunch and I invited myself on her tour. No matter the version of the story I arrived at the Admission Office at 10:30 this morning to go on her tour. When I walked into the information session Wendy Livingston was answering a few more questions (she has a very impressive and polished speaking style). Sam and I exchanged smiles and I joined her tour. She was terrific! Full of energy and Tribe pride flowed from every sentence she spoke. I walked toward the back of the tour and quietly interacted with parents. I met a man from Lynchburg. He graduated from W&M in 1974 and of course he knew Sam Sadler and of course he loved him. Sam asked me to speak about service opps at W&M and I obliged (I loved it). She showed us all around ancient, old and new campus never tripping and reporting on all sorts of traditions. She is a good story teller.
We are lucky to have talented students like Sam. She and the other admissions interns tell the story of W&M. They report on the past, but more importantly they offer a glimpse to the future of W&M. What they care about will in large part be what W&M is about in the near future. Just like the Sam (Sadler that is), Sam (the tour guide that is), loves W&M. As Sam reported over his 41 years working at W&M, “those who come here belong here.” Sam (the tour guide) relayed that message quite nicely. Sam would be proud.