Thanks to Kelsey Heinze, CCAS BA ’09, and Phil Glatfelter, CCAS BA ’08, for sharing their story with us!
Where did you meet on campus? Phil and I met in the Marvin Center when they brought together the 2006 Colonial Cabinet for the first time. I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. This first meeting was hosted by Tim Miller, associate dean of students, who gave a speech on how important our role is to the university, but also, don’t screw up. I knew right away that this group of people would be a part of my life in some way for the rest of my life.
What were your first impressions of each other? One of our first memories is Phil asking me to be his dance partner for the CI opening number. I was flattered, especially to be able to showcase my sweet dance moves to such classics as “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” Phil was outgoing, always positive, and easy to talk to.
What #onlyatGW moment did you share as friends? So many! One of the most memorable was attending Obama’s inaugural ball, hosted by GW. Who else can say they’ve been a part of such a historic event? We also went to most of the inauguration festivities that weekend because we could walk from Foggy Bottom campus.
Tell us about your last visit to GW together or how GW has remained important in your life. Phil and I often go back to Froggy Bottom Pub, which is where we had our first date. We split a pitcher of beer and ate chicken fingers. Now, even with Froggy’s new location, we go a few times a year, and the owner, Hien, always comes out and sits with us. We talk about GW and our friends, and she gets us up to speed on what students are doing now.
Anything else you want to share? GW is a ridiculously important part of our relationship because it is where we not only found each other, but also found our greatest friends. Student life at GW is such a unique experience because the campus, classes, and opportunities bring together such a diverse group of people who share your goals. We met some of our best friends at GW and many of them are coming to our wedding in D.C. next month. We can’t thank GW enough for the support and challenges it provided to us as we figured out who we wanted to be.