This is Fierce

An engineer who is an athlete. A psychology major, dancer and honors student. A rider who studies business and creative writing.

No two Sweet Briar women are alike, but they all share the confidence, courage and grit to follow their passions.

DaZané Cole '20
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DaZané Cole '20


Hometown: Hampton, VA

Majors: Biology, psychology

Minors: English/creative writing (anticipated), sociology
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Red Clay Literary Magazine design editor, Pre-vet student, Sweet Potters vice president, Honors Summer Research Program participant, Pannell Scholar 2017-18
"We have this interesting 'ecosystem' at Sweet Briar that no one else has. I can talk to Professor Morrissey in class, and I can engage in intellectual activities with him to help further my veterinary career. But I can also talk to him about comic books. Having this friendship within the intellectual community is important — to not just be a number."
Mary Kate Bailey '17
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Mary Kate Bailey '17


Hometown: Amherst, VA

Major: Engineering

Minors: Business, mathematics
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Student-athlete, IHSA team, Falls on Nose
"Sweet Briar taught me persistence. Every time I accomplished what I considered a nearly impossible task, my confidence grew. I learned that failure is only temporary and grit is permanent."
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Victoria Lawson '20


Hometown: Amherst, VA

Major: Engineering
Victoria Lawson '20
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Student-athlete, Bible study lead, Sweet Dancers vice president, Student Athlete Advisory Committee
"Sweet Briar's engineering program is exceptional because the professors put in more time to help you than any teacher, coach or mentor I have ever had. They always find new and exciting ways to help you learn."
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Emily Dodson '18


Hometown: Richmond, VA

Major: Business

Minor: Environmental studies
Emily Dodson '18
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Admissions ambassador chairwoman, SGA Academic Affairs Committee chairwoman
"Sweet Briar students do not fade into the background. Since most of our classes are discussion-based, you are accountable for your success in a class. But the absolute best part of Sweet Briar academics is the relationships with our professors who not only challenge you, but also care about your success."
Shifti Kamal '20
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Shifti Kamal '20


Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Majors: International affairs, psychology

Minors: Gender studies, sociology
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Admissions ambassador, international student representative
"What makes Sweet Briar home is that you know you can leave your laptop on the cafeteria table and find it exactly where you left it. So, trust. Trust is what makes Sweet Briar sweet."
Kim Uglum '17
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Kim Uglum '17


Hometown: Norfolk, VA

Majors: Anthropology, history

Minor: Medieval and Renaissance studies
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Student-athlete
"My friends who went to bigger schools, they had one, two, maybe three people they really know and trust. But I had an entire class of girls that I know and trust and respect, and I know they have the same feelings for me."
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Caroline Thomas '19


Hometown: Appomattox, VA

Major: Business

Minor: Journalism, new media and communications
Caroline Thomas '19
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Student-athlete, class president, admissions ambassador
"Sweet Briar Athletics has empowered me on and off the field. I have two very supportive teams, in an environment that is intense and positive. This allows us to thrive and push ourselves to be the best that we can be."
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Clara Rogers '20


Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Major: Engineering

Minor: History of art
Clara Rogers '20
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Outdoor Program instructor, student worker for Explore Engineering events, Honors Summer Research Program participant
"In and outside of class, Sweet Briar provides students opportunities to strive farther and push harder. Even though I just finished my freshman year, I conducted Summer Honors Research with two of the engineering professors and a fellow classmate. We built and programmed a robot that fabricates ionic-bonding polymer structures."
Taylor Watson '20
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Taylor Watson '20


Hometown: Nelson County, VA

Majors: History, musical theatre
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Dancer, actor, musician
"I love that the professors here know my name. I'm not just a number to them. If I miss a class, they have no problem emailing me and asking why I wasn't there. I love that. I know that even after I graduate, Sweet Briar will always be my home away from home."
Brianna Garcia '20
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Brianna Garcia '20


Hometown: Kyle, TX

Majors: International affairs, Spanish
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Student-athlete, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, head lifeguard, Minority Student Union
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Alexa Dahlin '18


Hometown: Sweet Briar, VA

Major: Business

Certificate: Arts management
Alexa Dahlin '18
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Student-athlete, SGA judicial representative, Campus Events Organization vice president, Chung Mung treasurer, Earphones, Student soccer recruiter
"One of Sweet Briar's strongest assets is our amazing alumnae network. Everyone who comes here and lives and breathes Sweet Briar has a special bond. Studying at an all-women's colleges is one of the best decisions I've ever made."
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Nadirah Abdus-Sabur '16


Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

Major: Engineering

Minor: Mathematics
Nadirah Abdus-Sabur '16
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Sweet Potters, GLOW, Paint 'n' Patches, student worker for Explore Engineering events
"I consider Sweet Briar a home, and everyone there my family. I always felt comfortable talking to my professors and other faculty about anything, from academic work to my personal life. I still communicate regularly with some of my professors and it's good to know those bonds persist beyond graduation day."
Ashton Mays '18
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Ashton Mays '18


Hometown: Amherst, VA

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology
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Resident advisor, orientation leader, SGA vice president, Sweet Tones president, BAM secretary, Aints 'n' Asses secretary, Sweet PEA (peer health educator and advocate), Sweet Spirit
"Community involvement is a huge part of my Sweet Briar experience and has definitely helped me find my niche. One thing that's really awesome about Sweet Briar is that there is something for everyone to enjoy and be a part of, no matter what their interests are."
Taylor Fischer '18
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Taylor Fischer '18


Hometown: Buena Vista, VA

Major: Psychology

Minors: Anthropology, archaeology
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Student-athlete, Psi Chi president, Student Athlete Advisory Committee vice president
"Sweet Briar women are fierce because we have unbeatable strength and determination. I am fierce because I have a fiery soul with killer ambition and an unstoppable, fearless attitude."
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Ashlynn Watson '16


Hometown: Nelson County, VA

Major: Musical theatre

Minor: Dance - teaching option
Ashlynn Watson '16
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Chung Mungs, Taps 'n' Toes, Paint 'n' Patches, choreographer for student concerts
"Sweet Briar women are fierce because you will never find a student or alumna who takes 'no' for an answer. We are taught to go after everything we want, and to never let anything stand in our way."
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Maria El-Abd '12, M.A.T. '13


Hometown: Tripoli, Lebanon

Majors: English/creative writing, mathematics
Maria El-Abd '12, M.A.T. '13
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Red Clay Literary Magazine, Leaders: Emerging and Achieving Program (LEAP)
"Sweet Briar is a place that has found the perfect balance between intellect and creativity, between discipline and reward, and between strength and beauty, and it channels all of this inspiration into us. We grow by being challenged and loved, and Sweet Briar, fierce as it is, excels in both of these domains. It comes as no surprise, then, that its alumnae graduate to be as fierce as they are."
Xin Zhang '16
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Xin Zhang '16


Hometown: Suzhou, China

Major: Sociology

Minor: Mathematics
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Paint 'n' Patches, Chinese Club
Leah Haes '16, M.A.T. '17
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Leah Haes '16, M.A.T. '17


Hometown: Ashland, MO

Major: Liberal studies (elementary education)

Minor: English/creative writing

Certificate: Special education
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Sweet Briar Theatre actor and technical support
"Five years ago, I was a shy, insecure person who never stood up for herself. Thankfully, Sweet Briar refused to let me stay that way."
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Chanel Friedrich '19


Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

Majors: Business, economics

Minor: Mathematics (anticipated)
Chanel Friedrich '19
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Class treasurer, Honors Summer Research Program participant, Outdoor Program instructor
"I enjoy the personal autonomy my professors give me. They know what I am capable of because of the one-on-one time I spend with them. They don't put limits on me. If I say I want to go about a project or paper a different way, they say 'God speed!' "
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Cecilia Mahan '19


Hometown: Holden, MA

Majors: Economics, French
Cecilia Mahan '19
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Red Clay Literary Magazine, Field Riding team
Emily Hudson '20
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Emily Hudson '20


Hometown: Amherst, VA

Major: Psychology

Minor: Business
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Sweet Tones
Ellis Carroll '20
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Ellis Carroll '20


Hometown: Crofton, MD

Major: Music (anticipated)

Minor: Philosophy (anticipated)
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"Sweet Briar has helped me with my confidence because there are so many opportunities on campus to get involved, make friends and be a leader. I've made some of my best friends here and I've become more active in student life, something I hadn't done before."
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April Boyd '18


Hometown: Lakewood, CO

Major: Mathematical economics

Minor: Business
April Boyd '18
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Omicron Delta Epsilon, Honors Summer Research Program participant
"At Sweet Briar, learning isn't limited to the classroom — it's also what you learn about yourself outside the classroom. And our campus isn't just about exploring the land, it's also about finding yourself."