What motivates you, defines you, or stands in your way? Whatever it might be, know that, without a doubt, students here find ways to transform it into inspiration.
Say hello to some of the early decision members of the Class of 2024!
Potential major: Economics
Interests: Baseball, chorus, football, debate
The baseball field has been my sanctuary for as long as I can remember. There has always been something magical about watching and playing America’s pastime. Throughout my childhood, though many things came and went, baseball always remained a constant. This photo represents my highest achievement on the diamond when, after 12 years of hard work, I threw my first career no-hitter.
Richmond Hill, Ga.
Potential major: Psychology
Interests: Cheerleading, dance, theater, stage managing
I was a varsity cheerleader at my school for all four years of high school, and I love participating in theater and dance. Here I am dancing in my school’s auditorium after rehearsal for the musical Chicago. I’ve enjoyed being part of theater since I was in second grade, whether that be onstage, as dance captain, or as stage manager. I hope to continue to pursue theater in college!
Potential major: Civil engineering
Interests: Food, music, photography, math, environmental science, and technology
As someone born into a fast-paced environment like New York City, I was forced to keep up with everything around me, and I hated it. I always felt more comfortable in the smaller and quieter neighborhoods nearby, like Brooklyn Heights, which overlooks the beautiful skyline of the Lower East Side. Here I am at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a place I regularly visit to clear my head, edit photos, and just relax.
Potential major: Chemistry
Interests: Softball, science, thrifting (thrift store shopping)
The picture of me with the peace sign is on my high school softball field about to spend time practicing with my father. I love to hit and catch.
Potential major: Economics or international affairs
Interests: Music, sports, fishing, creative writing
I put in a lot of hours at the gym fueled by a dream of playing Division I college football. Coming from a small, academically rigorous high school, I often heard suggestions that I transfer to a larger, more sports-oriented school to increase my chances of playing football at the collegiate level. However, my decision to continue focusing first on academics created opportunities that sports alone simply could not. Now, not only am I a proud member of the Lafayette ’24 but also a member of the Lafayette football team—the ideal combination of competitive academics and athletics.
San Francisco, Calif.
Potential major: Government and law
Interests: Technology, cycling, rowing, music, and film production
While Lake Merced is not the most scenic place in San Francisco, it’s where I spend a few hours every day after school training to become a better rower. This lake is where I can escape from all the stress school brings and focus on improving myself and bonding with my team. While I’ll miss my teammates and coaches, I’m excited to see how crew will shape my Lafayette experience.
Potential major: Mechanical engineering
Interests: Exploring new places, reading, DIY, music, theater
Since childhood, I have always been affected by the injustice that women face on a daily basis. A year ago, I started a nonprofit organization, the first of its kind in my home country, called Abarundikazi Period Movement, which aims to educate girls about sexual health and distribute reusable sanitary pads across the country. Here I wear the emblem of the organization and am about to distribute products to one of the local secondary schools. The background depicts the magnificence of my beautiful country.
Potential major: Biology
Interests: Traveling, music, athletics, rock climbing, and eating
Over the past eight years, I’ve spent a lot of time in many different band rooms behind a set of timpani drums. This year, I’ll be performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 in the Maine All-State Orchestra. Music is one of my greatest loves and has been since I was 6. Not only is it a way for me to relax, but playing music is also a way that I can relate to and connect with others. Having a tight-knit bond with other instrumentalists in the ensemble and individuals in my community who also feel strongly about music is supremely important to me.
Potential major: Civil engineering
Interests: Snowboarding, football, rugby, cooking, cars, Formula 1, traveling
I have always enjoyed hiking, biking, and being outdoors as well as traveling across the country and world. This photo is from my most recent trip to the American West where I stand on top of a mountain in Silverton, Colorado. I have also been to four countries in Europe, Canada (where I lived for almost two years), Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and a large portion of the United States. I love new experiences, and travel is the best way for me to do that.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Potential major: Neuroscience
Interests: Soccer, food, traveling, music, and science
I have lived my entire life in Ottawa, which is the capital of Canada. The Parliament buildings are a huge part of where I am from as they have been a landmark in Canada since 1859. Posing in front of the beautiful Canadian buildings with my soccer ball, leopard print jacket, and Lafayette College toque has made me even more excited to be able to bring a part of my culture and who I am to Lafayette College in 2020.
Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Potential major: Engineering
Interests: Volleyball, piano, reading, and sketching
I was born a desert-dweller. The Phoenix area has been my home for my whole life, and I have learned to survive summer temperatures over 115 degrees! I enjoy desert mountain hiking in the winter and outdoor swimming in the summer. Experiencing a new and contrasting environment that provides an opportunity to expand my horizons is something I look forward to greatly.
Potential major: International affairs
Interests: Travel, literature, art, running, handball
After 13 hours on a bus trip, I’m standing in the Praça do Comércio, Lisbon. A year ago, at 18, I spent a month traveling western Europe with nothing but my grey backpack as company. As Paulo Coelho once said, travel is never a matter of money but of courage. I didn’t have much money, but I had limitless wanderlust that kept me sleeping on night buses, walking more than 100 kilometers, and making daylong friends at student hostels. I’ve traveled to over 15 countries in five years. I may be only 19, but my story has just begun. There’s nothing that can hold me back from discovering the world, meeting new people, and diving into different cultures.
Potential major: Psychology with a minor in neurology
Interests: Acting and community engagement
I dedicate my summers to working with kids who come from low-income communities such as my own. Here I am wearing my staff sweater at camp surrounded by nature. It’s a place that allows kids to leave their homes and embrace the beauty of adventure by leaving their comfort zone. Working with these amazing children is the reason why I want to go into child psychology and return to my community to provide counseling.
Mountain Top, Pa.
Potential major: Environmental science
Interests: Hiking, poetry, and the performing arts
Being out in nature has always been an important method of stress relief for me. Here I am sitting on a wall (and being distracted by a dog running by) at High Point State Park in New Jersey. My mom and I usually spend time here in the fall to experience the beautiful foliage. There is just something special about being able to quietly take in the scenery from 1,804 feet above the Delaware River. Places like these have really helped shape my love for the natural world and my future goals in studying environmental science.