Savannah Oxner `05, MAT `06
Assistant Director of Admissions
Hometown: Amherst, VA
Educational Background: Sweet Briar College, 2005 (B.A. in English and Creative Writing and Anthropology; Sweet Briar College, 2006 (M.A. in Teaching)
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- Virginia (Southwest, Central, Upper Shenandoah)
- Graduate Programs
In addition to maintaining our Admissions Office website, I like to blog about admissions and Sweet Briar.
Hobbies: Reading, running, yoga
Can’t live without: a pen and paper, coffee, books
Pet peeves: pronoun-antecedent disagreement, bad drivers, and incivility
Heroes: my dad, Beowulf, Buffy, MacGyver (yeah, I’m that old), Indiana Jones, John Wayne, Wolverine
Books I will continue to re-read forever: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, The Master Butchers Singing Club and The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (thank you forever, Professor Robertson, for introducing me to Erdrich), Beowulf, The Tragedy of King Richard III by William Shakespeare
One day I would love to: tour historical Egypt
Songs that always make me happy: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver
Fun fact: I graduated from Sweet Briar three times: preschool, undergraduate, and graduate
I joined the Admissions Team in 2011 after teaching high school English for a few years. I love all things related to literature and creative writing as well, although my poetry stinks worse than cooked Brussel sprouts left too long in the August sun.
At Sweet Briar, I double-majored in Anthropology and English and Creative Writing. The two were a perfect compliment – exploring literature is also a way of studying culture – and I am constantly grateful for the quality of education I received. My professors challenged me, always assigning meaningful work and reading, and they were ever friendly and encouraging. Some of my favorite classes were Fiction Workshop, History of the English Language, Ritual and Worldview, Introduction to World Religions, and Shakespeare: 12 Plays.
Outside of class, I spent a great deal of time studying (and so should you), but I also enjoyed working on campus, including backstage at our theater, in the café, and as a summer tour guide for the Admissions Office.
Nowadays, back home at Sweet Briar, I keep busy with several projects for our Admissions Office, including our official office blog. In addition to working with students from the West Coast and Southside Virginia, I am the Graduate Student Counselor. I’m also the person the second floor can rely on to provide them with their daily dose of coffee.
Why I Love Sweet Briar: Sweet Briar is the place where women go to become who they are supposed to be. It isn’t a matter of being lost and finding oneself; it is transformation and growth. While the education is excellent, there is more to intellectual development than studying, and more to develop than intellect. Young women come to Sweet Briar not to bloom or to blossom, but to flourish in every sense of self. Here you will not only find your mind challenged, but your heart expanded and your strength compounded.
Advice to Students: No one else can decide where you should go to college, no book, no friend, no brochure. College is so much more than an education; it is truly an experience. The only way to determine whether or not a college is right for you is to experience it. First, you have to visit, but if you really want to shake hands with the place you might spend the next four years, do more than visit. Arrange to attend classes, speak to professors, and mingle with the students who are currently living there. If you can, stay overnight. Yes, your visit will only be a preview, but one that is absolutely necessary to help you make the right decision for you and the next four years of your life.