This week we are highlighting some of the members of the Class of 2020 as part of our #HumansOfLongwood series. While formal commencement exercises won’t take place until October 9 and 10 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our graduating seniors officially earn their degrees May 16. Wherever life after Longwood takes them—a new job, graduate studies or an internship—these students reflect the goals and achievements made possible in a close-knit community that promotes student involvement, values inclusion and nurtures citizen leadership in whatever form it takes.

Bethany Adams ’20
Hometown: Williamsburg
Major: Chemistry
Next Step: Pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Clemson University

Longwood has changed me so much throughout my four years here. I have become a citizen leader, and I have gained confidence in myself and my abilities. These things have put me on a path to being successful in my next chapter—pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Clemson University in South Carolina.

When I arrived at Longwood, I was extremely shy. Luckily, the faculty and students were welcoming and made it super easy to get involved. I joined Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity, and started to feel comfortable in my own skin because I found others who accepted me for who I am.

One of the people I credit for my success is Dr. Andrew Yeagley, who inspired me to become the best possible version of myself in many aspects of life. He is so passionate about what he teaches and cares about the success of all of his students. I consider him one of my role models since my ultimate career goal is to become a chemistry professor.

Two of the experiences that helped me grow the most at Longwood were participating in the Brock Experiences at the Chesapeake Bay and completing a senior honors research thesis. Both enhanced my research and critical-thinking skills, not to mention boosted my CV, since these opportunities are so unique to Longwood. The Brock Experience really helped me understand how our actions impact the environment, and therefore every other person living in the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed.

One of my best memories at Longwood was during the solar eclipse in 2017. Almost everyone was gathered outside to watch, and total strangers were sharing protective eyewear so that everyone could experience the eclipse. Displays of sharing and community like that are what it truly means to be a Lancer.

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