With a poise and confidence familiar to those who know her, Whitney Lee ‘10 returned to her alma mater of Randolph-Macon Academy on September 26, 2018, to share words of wisdom with the current students.
After graduating from R-MA, Lee went onto attend Harvard University, studying at Tel Aviv University for a semester as well. After earning a B.A. in government at Harvard, Lee obtained a Master of Laws in International Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam, then continued on to earn a Doctor of Law from Columbia Law School. She has worked in New York City, Washington, DC, Amsterdam, and Paris, France. The Monday after her presentation at R-MA, Lee began working as a clerk in white collar criminal defense law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Lee gave a lot of advice to her fellow Yellow Jackets during her presentation. Declaring she was not anything special, she informed the students that she had gotten into Harvard because she decided early on what her goals were, and she worked hard to set up a path that would take her to those goals, both through her academics and her extracurricular activities.
“Now that I’m eight years out I can very confidently say that I loved my time at R-MA, and it was probably the most valuable I spent in terms of my educational career before Harvard,” she said. “I think it was a great decision to go here, and I think from R-MA you can really, really go anywhere you want.”
Lee was able to provide some college application advice to the cadets as well, as she had served as an admission interviewer for Harvard for a time. At the end of her talk, the students peppered her with questions for as long as their schedules allowed.