Southwestern University: History Department: News
Photography by Lance Holt
Anne Fenley, a native Texan who majored in history at Southwestern describes herself as cheerful, reliable, quirky and musical. As a student, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Omicron, Student Congress, Chorale and Opera Theatre; she held a job at a law office and an internship at the Williamson County Museum; and says during all of that she “consumed copious amounts of coffee at Cianfrani Coffee Co.”
Biggest take-away from SU?
To ask questions. Life and its different entities are confusing and need further questioning; ask away and further your understanding.
Best lesson learned at SU?
Do your own dishes, don’t eat leftover Indian food, hydrate, trust your friends, buy a coffee machine and don’t stress over the small things.
If you could do college over again, what would you do?
I don’t think I would change a thing. I took the classes I thought were interesting; I studied abroad and traveled with the choir; and I made wonderful friends and participated in so much.
Who is the person you’ll miss most and why?
My roommate, Elise. She has laughed at my silly and dramatic reactions, made me a better student, is my competition in mundane contests and is my best friend. I don’t know who I would be without her.
It was an instantaneous and instinctual gut feeling that this was home. I don’t know why, but as soon as I stood on campus, I knew this is where I wanted to be—meant to be.
What would people be surprised to learn?
I’m a world traveler. I’ve climbed the French Alps and the Rockies, zip-lined in Mexico, climbed the Great Wall of China, mastered the streets of London, Paris and Venice, and sang in the Forbidden City in Beijing and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Life is an adventure waiting to happen!
What’s your favorite memory of the university?
The Candlelight Christmas Service. It’s a wonderful service that moves me every year. The lights are turned off and the candles are lit and then the hall is filled with carols sung by the University Chorale. It’s magical.
Anne worked at the Texas Capitol after graduation and has since begun graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.