at the Moment
I’m homeward bound after the 2020 edition of our Natural History & Contemporary Culture of Oman (a.k.a. Rock Music Oman) course. For the past two weeks, 23 intrepid W&M students joined us for a scholarly, but adventurous, study tour across the Sultanate of Oman. This year’s course was spectacular, but distinctly different than previous years’ […]
Guest blogger Maddie Talnagi ’20 provides us an overview of the realities of public education in the United States. Talnagi was a student in my winter seminar, Urban Education. As Irish poet William Butler Yeats once wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” While his words beautifully […]
Throughout my educational training, I was committed to delaying specialization and instead explore communities. I majored in Sociology, Communication and later Counseling Psychology and finally Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership. I was most interested in examining people and communities, individuals and systems. I was and continue to be enamored with people and groups. For the […]
… Holly!” Because it’s Yule Log celebration on campus! This Saturday, 14 December, will see the Wren Courtyard jammed to capacity with happy hearts, joyful song and glowing fire. Our Tribe community gathers to end the school year with lighter hearts and hopeful wishes for the New Year. It’s tradition! Filled with song & stories, […]
I am wholly dedicated to office hours. I want every student to feel welcomed, as they belong and as they are included in the class and in our shared learning process. Office hours give me the chance to really listen to and understand challenges a student is experiencing in class or with an assignment. Office […]
We Admit It! The day is finally here. After several weeks of reading applications and committee meetings here in Williamsburg, it is time to officially release our first round of admission decisions. Early Decision notifications have been finalized and launched, and are currently on their way to your inboxes (Transfers: Check out our separate blog post about transfer admissions). […]
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We Admit It! The day you have been patiently waiting for is finally here. As of today, we have completed our spring transfer review process. Spring transfer decisions have been launched, and will be arriving in your inbox shortly. Below you will find all pertinent information about how decisions are released and what each decision means. Decision Release […]
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Finals season is upon us! Swem is crowded, and students are experiencing significant amounts of stress. Fortunately, the holiday break is not far off; we’ve just got to power through these next two weeks. I’ve compiled a list of my strategies for staying motivated. I hope they help! Set realistic daily goals: I like to […]
Publishing my work was a huge dream of mine before graduating. What surprised me about pursuing undergraduate research, however, is that I had to take specific courses to carry out the tasks successfully and at a good pace. I asked every STEM professor on my campus for any opportunities to publish for an academic journal. […]
By Jane Handa ’21 Students, faculty, and Williamsburg community members were eager to hear from experts at last week’s Foreign Policy Journalism in the Trump Era: A Panel Discussion. Sponsored by Teaching, Research & International Policy (TRIP) of William & Mary’s Global Research Institute, three journalists came prepared for a discussion. David Sanger of the […]
By Jane Handa ’21 All members of the William & Mary community were invited to 427 Scotland Street on Monday, October 7, for an open house event at the Global Research Institute. Students involved with Institute projects and programs, university faculty and administrators, and community members gathered to learn more about GRI. Institute Co-Director Sue […]
By Jane Handa ’21 This past September William & Mary students confirmed that they are informed, passionate, and ready to engage with hot-button issues as an overflow crowd showed up to debate foreign policy. William & Mary’s Global Research Institute sponsored a debate hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) and the John Quincy Adams […]
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By Jane Handa ’21 W&M’s Global Research Institute kicked off the fall semester with a packed house Insider Insights event featuring Will Smith ‘14. Smith is co-founder and executive director of LEAD Africa, an organization that empowers youth in Africa through education and sports. Smith, who was mentored by and collaborates to this day with […]
The most valuable choice I have made during my time here at William & Mary is sign up to take Professor Crace’s flourishing class. During freshman orientation, Professor Crace will talk to the incoming class about the idea of authentic excellence. He speaks on how to incorporate this idea into your everyday academic life. After […]
Student researcher: Erin-Darby McClain Lab professor: Dr. Jon Allen Department/topic: Biology/Marine ecology Participant as of: September 2019 Fun fact from research: “Mantis shrimp are really cool— they punch their enemies really hard and stun them. Marine invertebrates are superior to all other critters!” Why research brought me to W&M Before I had even begun to […]
Once again, the 2019 Geological Field Methods class was on the move this past weekend. We were on a mission to collect a suite of samples for isotopic dating that will help us better understand the geologic history of the ancient rocks that underlie the Blue Ridge. The high point of our day (both literally […]
Somehow, it’s already November, which means it’s getting to be the busiest time of the semester. There are midterms every week, and finals are just around the corner. It can be overwhelming especially for those who live on campus; we’re always surrounded by our stressed-out peers and constant reminders of all the work we have […]
This post is courtesy of Caitlyn Whitesell, Communications Intern for The Office of Community Engagement. #BecauseofCommunity allows us to share reflections from across campus and community on individuals’ motivations for working within community. These weekly posts are usually only on our social media, but my interview with Professor Dolan needed more. Professor Dolan of Kinesiology […]
This one’s for all my nonathletic friends. The uncoordinated ones who somehow always manage to trip even though there was nothing there. Those who never got picked first or second for the kickball team. As DJ Casper would say, this is something new! A chance to join a team part 2. Featuring William & Mary’s […]
Hello! In my introductory post, I mentioned being involved in a few organizations around campus. Today, I thought I would share a little more about them! First, let me just say that I am about as shy and introverted as it gets, so getting involved on campus for any reason was particularly intimidating. With that […]
Moby, the American musician with a wide-ranging and stylishly downtempo sound, released an exceptional album entitled Play in 1999. My favorite song is South Side, here’s a short snippet of the lyrics … we ride all day looking out for a sunny day here we are now going to the South Side Two decades later, […]
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Much of our work in OCE is connected to The Active Citizens Continuum. The continuum describes how an individual can develop in their commitment to community. Member: concerned with their individual or family’s needs Volunteer: participates in service with intentions of doing good Conscientious Citizen: adds questions about root causes to their engagement Active Citizen: prioritizes […]
Earlier this summer I reported on the Gladstone Gladiators’ ‘games’ on and over the James River, all part of our research campaign to decipher and map the geology in the central Virginia Piedmont. On that trip, we used a drone to acquire aerial imagery of rock structures exposed in the river bottom while we paddled […]
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When making the decision to leave William & Mary for a semester to study abroad, I considered how it would affect my college friendships. Though I was always able to keep my relationships strong during breaks, the distance, length of time, and time change made this separation different. However, after reflecting on staying in touch […]
As part of W&M’s Strategic Planning process, we as a university are reflecting on and articulating our shared values. It’s an exciting time, and I hope (and imagine) that it will have some resonance with the values we developed in the early days of the Office of Community Engagement: education, mutually beneficial relationships, student development, […]
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