at the Moment
With Daily Work of Justice in full swing, The Active Citizens Conference fast approaching, and my weekly meetings with Aim 4 students, my mind and attention are pulled in many directions. Enter the trusty to-do list. Each time I cross off an item, I celebrate what has been accomplished and also why it matters. In […]
Winter Weather? Let’s hope the groundhog is right & that spring is just around the corner. Why? Because our favorite corner, College Corner, was literally confused last winter. Wait — maybe I am confused — because it technically wasn’t even winter yet, it was Sunday, December 9th, 2018! Mother Nature threw us a snowy curve ball […]
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Transfers Abroad One thing that some W&M transfers may wonder is if they will still be able to study abroad. The answer is a resounding YES! Here at W&M, we have tons of study abroad programs that can work for anyone who may be interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I (Meredith Lian) transferred at the […]
NOVA? DMV? Nats? Caps? What do all these terms mean? As an out-of-state student, coming to William & Mary was a bit of a culture shock. I am from Marietta, Georgia which is a suburb of Atlanta. The most I knew about Virginia before arriving in Williamsburg in August 0f 2018 was that the Battle […]
Social media has allowed society to become more connected than ever. Over three billion people around the world use social media to engage with others, access the news and share information. In the U.S. alone, seven out of ten people are active social media users. Some would argue that social media is inherently bad for our health. Some research […]
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On our first day in class this semester, I asked my students — all first years in the Aim 4 program — how they define community. Then I shared with them some definitions from the last 75 years. This broad offering: “A common definition of community emerged as a group of people with diverse characteristics […]
One of my favorite campus involvements is with Canterbury, William & Mary’s Epsicopal Ministry. Last January, I began attending Bruton Parish, the historic Episcopal church located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. There, I met Rev’d Dan McClain, who recruited me to the student group by promising free dinner after the evening service. We joke […]
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 […]
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