September 30, 2020

Engineering Physics major, Math & Rhetoric minors

from Manassas, Virginia


Student Body President Phil Pullen '21 shares what he wants to achieve during his time in office, what advice he would give to new Tigers, and what he thinks makes Hampden-Sydney College so special.

Phil Pullen '21 headshotWhat activities and clubs are you involved in at H-SC?

Student Body President, Tiger Football, Theta Chi fraternity, H-SC Student Athlete Mentor Program, Student Athlete Mentorship Program at Prince Edward Elementary

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Fulton Field on a beautiful fall game day

What is your favorite H-SC event?

My favorite event here at H-SC is move-in day. It is always an exciting time to see everyone back on campus, meet some new people, and start another great year here on the Hill.

What drew you to Hampden-Sydney? What keeps you here?

As soon as I passed through the main gates, I felt like I was home. My older brother went here and graduated in 2019, which obviously helped make it feel like home. However, H-SC is also a special place where everyone smiles, greets each other when they meet, and takes the time to stop and have genuine conversation with one another.

Why did you choose your major and minor, and what do you hope to do after graduation?

I chose engineering physics because I love to build and design things. I’ve had a life-long passion for boats and have been driving them since I was five-years-old. After graduating, I hope to combine both of those passions by designing boats and ships. I chose my minor because we have a strong rhetoric program here at H-SC, and I wanted to be able to read, write, and communicate effectively.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite. I have had many great professors, and all of them would do anything for their students.

Phil Pullen '21 WalkingWhy did you get involved with student government at H-SC, and what have you enjoyed about it most so far?

I wanted to make a difference on campus and make Hampden-Sydney the best possible place she can be, and student government is a great place to do that.

What do you hope to accomplish or contribute to the H-SC community as president of the student body this year?

I hope that throughout my term as student body president I can make this place feel like home for everyone here on campus. This place is so special to me, and I want to make it equally special for everyone else.

What has been your most memorable experience or opportunity at H-SC?

That would have to be signing the Honor Code freshman year. I know that sounds very cliché, but once you sign the Honor Code, you have officially entered into the Hampden-Sydney brotherhood which is a very exciting moment.

How did COVID-19 interrupt your spring and summer plans? What did you do instead?

I was lucky enough to have my internship virtually this summer, which was an amazing experience. I learned a ton working for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division where I worked as part of a team of interns designing, improving, and integrating systems on ships.

What advice would you give to new Tigers to make the most out of their four years on the Hill?

Get involved on campus. Hampden-Sydney is a gold mine, and you have been handed a pickaxe. It is up to you to make the most out of it.

What do you wish outsiders knew about H-SC?

Hampden-Sydney is a special place. A place unlike any other in the world. A place where students come as boys and leave as men. A safe haven for many. A place where all the world’s problems seem to stop at the College gates. Hampden-Sydney is an oasis, and I am proud to be the student body president.

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