at the Moment
To all the incoming students who are petrified, unbelieving you’re ready for this, and just trying to make it through Orientation without crying in public—I know how you feel. Eight years ago, as my family checked into the hotel on the night before move-in, I was in a state of shock, wondering what foolish college admission […]
For the next month, I’ll be studying invasive species management in Fiji on a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Follow along with the journey. I find that I am rarely, if ever, alone. I don’t say this to boast, but rather to state an observation. I’ve noticed this especially since moving to D.C. I live with […]
I’ve just returned from two weeks of wide sky, expansive ocean, and open time. My college friend, Saralyn, and I, walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Camino is a pilgrimage walk that has particular fame on this campus thanks to the much-beloved Professor Greenia who accompanies students there each year. For my friend […]
What is it about failure that makes life complicated? Is it the fear of failing? Is it letting others down? Is it letting yourself down? Is it feeling like you’re wasting time or talent? Is it going 100 mph down a specific career path, only to realize you’ve been going in the wrong direction? Is […]
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If my math is correct, I have interviewed 150 students and given tours to around 900 people this summer. This means that I have told more than 1,000 people why I chose William & Mary. As you can imagine, my response started to sound rehearsed. I noticed in mid-July that the words would be coming out […]
I Admit It! This is a blog I thought I may never write. (Faithful followers of this blog will likely notice the singular pronoun used here instead of the more inclusive “we” with which this blog normally begins.) After 16 total years on this amazing campus (four as an undergraduate student and 12 as an […]
It starts with the acceptance letter: the joy, the relief, the celebration. I applied Early Decision and it was certainly the best Christmas present ever—not only knowing that my college application (and more importantly the waiting period) had come to a close, but that it had ended with my dream school on the horizon. Then […]
Are you a rising senior? Do you want to add a bit of your personality to your William & Mary application? Then say no more – sign up for an interview today! The interviews are extremely casual, and run by rising seniors at William & Mary, all of whom were in your shoes just 4 […]
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The last post ended with my canoe trapped and broken on a granite outcrop at the base of the Fall Zone in Richmond, Virginia. I was on an 8-day journey by canoe from the Blue Ridge Foothills to Williamsburg; a middle-aged journey to mark the 30th anniversary of my arrival as a student at William & […]
We Admit It! It’s hard to believe that another application cycle, is upon us, at least technically speaking. Over the weekend, the 2015-2016 Common Application went live. W&M is an exclusive user of the Common Application (meaning the Common App is the only application you can use to apply to W&M). We do have Member […]
At the end of my last post we’d completed the first two days of an 8-day canoe trip from the Blue Ridge Foothills in central Virginia to Williamsburg, and were tucked in on a gravelly island in the middle of the Rivanna River. DAY 3- Rivanna Rain The rain returned during the night. Day 3 […]
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We Admit It! We think W&M is a pretty special place (not that we’re biased or anything). There are so many ways in which that’s demonstrated. Many are obvious (the traditions that celebrate our storied history, the size, the commitment of faculty, the residential campus) and some are less so. One of those less obvious […]
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For the next month, I’ll be studying invasive species management in Fiji on a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Follow along with the journey at www.invasivespeciesinitiative.com. After a 36 hour and 8,000 mile journey across the world, I’ve officially arrived in Fiji. I’m staying in Suva, the country’s capitol city located on the southwest coast of […]
Any William & Mary student can confirm, you can’t go through your four years here without getting involved in some sort of completely new extracurricular activity. That’s definitely been the overarching theme of my experience at William & Mary – most, if not ALL of my extracurriculars are things I wasn’t involved in during high school. “There’s […]
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We successfully completed our 8-day paddle trip from the foothills of the Blue Ridge to Williamsburg. It was all the adventure I’d hoped for. In this first of three posts, I report on the highlights, rough spots, and geology along our journey. This was a personal trip completed with my old friends and goodtime buddies, but […]
This summer I got to check off something off my bucket list, and get class credit. For five weeks I studied abroad in India. When people ask me where in India I studied, most of them are surprised to learn that India is divided into states, just like the US. I spent most of my […]
I talked recently with a parent, who, quite understandably, did not comprehend the murky world of determining how the federal government (and the aid office, by extension) can arrive at what seems to preposterous amount of expected contribution. She provided me with a spreadsheet which showed all family income being consumed by household expenses, with […]
Recently I walked the Laurel Falls Trail in majestic Great Smoky Mountains. In awe of the landscape and enamored with the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, I contemplated the future of national service in America. While climbing the mountain I reminisced on the past holding in high regard the brave efforts of government and individuals who made what […]
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I still remember what one of my freshman hall mates said to me on our walk back from taking the honor code pledge in the Wren building during New Student Orientation. “Dorms are literally the weirdest idea. You essentially take 100 or so 18 year olds who don’t know each other and put them in […]
While discussing my work with some friends over dinner last night, one of them asked the first question that often comes to mind when we talk about alternative breaks: “How do students pay for these trips? They must be expensive, right?” When students participate in Branch Out alternative breaks, they partner with community members (who […]
I’ll never forget the moment when I finally asked my hall mate where “NOVA” is. “Northern Virginia, duh.” During New Student Orientation my freshman year at William & Mary, I got very used to conversations like this: “I’m from NOVA.” “Me too. Where did you go to high school?” “Woodson. Go Cavaliers.” “I went to […]
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The first time I felt old, like really old, was when I met about twenty William & Mary students on the steps of the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C in June. The students were all part of the D.C. New Media Institute, an incredible class that I both took and T.A.ed as an undergraduate […]
Earlier this year I made a promise to myself to be more timely with my posts. I wanted to carve out an hour a week to wipe my fingers across the keyboard of my Dell laptop and hope something fit for public consumption came out. Well, as the title of this post suggests, time sort […]
Each summer, the Admission Office welcomes 14 rising seniors to be William & Mary’s Senior Interviewers. We conduct optional and evaluative interviews with rising high school seniors to add to their applications. These 20 minute, on-campus interviews give us a chance to learn about you, and for you to ask questions and get to know […]
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In 1985 I enrolled at William & Mary. I remember bits of that summer day in which my mother and I made the journey from our home in Albemarle County (west of Charlottesville) to college in Williamsburg. That seems a long time ago. During the past thirty years I have made the journey from Albemarle […]
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