Abigail Hall ’11, Assistant Director of Admission
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, 2004 (National Diploma, Stage Management & Technical Skills)
Sweet Briar College, 2011 (B.A., Anthropology)
- International students (including U.S. territories)
- Transfer students
- Turning Point students (non-traditonal)
- Graduate students (M.A.T. and M.Ed.)
- Clarke County
- Fauquier County
- Frederick County
- Harrisonburg City
- Loudoun County
- Page County
- Rappahannock County
- Rockingham County
- Shenandoah County
- Warren County
- Winchester City
Additional Responsibilities: Organize open house events and supervise student ambassador program
"Soundtrack of My Life" playlist: "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam, "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson, "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin, "I Believe In a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness, and "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban
I love to: travel! I've been to 22% of the countries in the world.
Places I most want to visit: Cuba and Iceland
Favorite authors: Jane Austen, Gene Stratton-Porter, and Paulo Coehlo
Coolest stamp on my passport: Falkland Islands
Favorite play: Noises Off by Michael Frayn
Favorite musical: Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
In my spare time I enjoy: hot yoga, cooking, being creative, reading, and laughing
I joined the Admissions Team in June of 2011 after graduating from Sweet Briar College with my degree in Anthropology. People are fascinating to me and, after traveling extensively, it was a great opportunity to learn more about what makes different cultures and people unique.
I was born in Michigan and moved to Florida when I was two. I lived there for the next 16 years and miss the beach on a daily basis. When I was 18, I moved to London, England to attend a drama school and pursue stage management and technical theatre. London is absolutely the greatest city and my dream is to move back there one day and live on a houseboat on the Thames. When I graduated from drama school, I knew that I wanted to travel more. I got a job working for Celebrity Cruises as a Production Stage Manager and sailed through most of the Western Hemisphere, across the Atlantic, and around the Mediterranean. Eventually, I got to the point where I realized that I wanted a more stable lifestyle and decided to return to land and go to college. And here I am!
I’m now working for an place that I love in a job that rarely feels like a job where I help young women and their families through one of the most stressful and biggest decisions of their lives!
Why I Love Sweet Briar:
The first time I drove onto Sweet Briar’s campus, I fell in love. Even now, the beauty of this place overwhelms me. When I met my admissions counselor that first day, I was amazed by how much she truly wanted to help me navigate the college process and help me succeed. After three years here, I have realized that everyone who works at Sweet Briar shares that sentiment. Even though I came here as an adult, I can see the numerous ways that I have grown and transformed into a confident woman ready to take whatever life throws at me. That is what Sweet Briar College is: a supportive, safe community for young women where they can explore different paths, make mistakes, and find out what is important to them. After four years, they get to go change the world.
Advice to Students:
Choosing a college is a big decision in your life, there is no debating that. There are a number of ways to make sure you make the right choice. First, make it YOUR choice. Accept input and advice from your friends, family, and advisors, but you should make the final decision. Second, the college you choose will be your home for four years, so do your research and visit your top colleges. While you’re on campus meet with the faculty in your area of interest, talk to students, take a tour, and even try to spend the night. You’ll be able to tell if it is somewhere you are comfortable or not. Finally, it is not the end of your life if you realize you have chosen wrong; so don’t lose sleep over it! Remember, I’m here to help you figure out if Sweet Briar is the right choice for you so get in touch anytime.
Need to get in touch with Abigail? Send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office: 800-381-6142.