The last few seconds of the game, the feed was buffering, so Samuel Googled the final score, displayed that on the sheets and everyone went wild. “The next thing I know, I’m sprinting down the Lawn with hundreds of people. You know, once you get to the Corner, there really isn’t anything to do. I think people were so happy to be there with everybody else. That is going to be a day I remember for the rest of my life.”
“He will surely be missed when he graduates from Mr. Jefferson’s University.”
One of Samuel’s favorite professors is Ken Elzinga, Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics.
“I think everyone who knows Ashwanth would agree that the first thing that strikes you about him is his smile,” Elzinga said. “Everyone likes to see a smile. But Ashwanth’s is a real smile, not something pasted on for the occasion. It is a cliché, but the cliché applies: Ashwanth lights up a room.”
He agrees that Samuel is humble. “Then, when you get to know Ashwanth, you learn that he is very smart. I observed this when he took both ‘Economic Principles’ and ‘Antitrust Policy’ with me.
“But then – and here’s the remarkable part – when you get to know Ashwanth well (and this takes time, because he doesn’t brag about himself), you realize that this guy is talented in just about everything: music, student organizations, Greek life, sports, you name it,” Elzinga said. “He will surely be missed when he graduates from Mr. Jefferson’s University.”
Samuel will take many other fond memories with him when he heads to Boston to work as an associate consultant at Bain and Company, a global management consulting firm.
“My first Lawn snowball fight was one of epic proportions. It was the year when Charlottesville experienced monumental amounts of snow, and I distinctly remember someone running around in a Pikachu costume just dumping snow on everyone, friend or stranger.”
“It was my first time experiencing Phi Delta Theta caroling. Every year, Phi Delt treks to every sorority house (and a few Lawn pavilions) to spread holiday cheer. We are quite terrible singers, but I just remember laughing so hard at the audience’s reactions as they listened to us … bring the house down.”
“I led an Alternative Spring Break trip [that] year with my good friend Megan Norris. We were in San Juan, Texas, working with many people seeking asylum near the border. The trip was so educational, but also I don’t think I’ve ever laughed more in my entire life. I was tasked with driving a 12-person van from San Antonio to San Juan, and let me tell you, that was an experience itself.”
“Having my friends chant my name at the Southern Café and Music Hall when I finished soloing on ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia.’”