Get Serious, Not Conceited

Get Serious, Not Conceited

In all of my three years at William and Mary I have seen many people grow and I have seen some stay stagnant.  I can testify to the challenge many, if not all, students face upon entering W&M and throughout their experiences here: a challenge of identity.  Attending a rigorous university has its set of



Surprise! Graduate School at W&M is more challenging than Undergraduate School at W&M (hence the name)

When I first began my graduate program at W&M last semester, I initially hypothesized that W&M has a similar level of rigor in undergrad and grad school.  I thought that maybe that left me more prepared for grad school at W&M than those coming from other institutions because I was used to the pace and



And it Goes On and On my Friend!

It is hard to believe that it is already that time of year.  With paper after paper and exam after exam the demands are high and the time is flying by.  At some point in this madness I will stop and wonder, “Where did the semester go?”  Although my work load never fails to be



Changes: Undergrad one moment, Graduate the next!

The end of my senior year came quickly.  It seems like it has been forever since I last blogged, but at the same time it seems like just yesterday.  The last month and a half of my undergraduate education was overwhelmed by the intense demands of my honors thesis.  My thesis ended up being sixty



Spring Break in NYC

Spring Break 2010, it is senior year and I thought I should go out with a big bang! So, a few friends and I took a week long trip to NYC. I always love to travel to NYC and enjoy the thrill of seeing the sights, constantly being on your toes, and running from taxi cabs. In fact, I always thought the best compliment a guy could give me was, “Times Square can’t shine as bright as you” from the song Hey There Delilah. However, during a week in NYC, to my surprise, I found myself missing Williamsburg. I was so ready to come home. NYC can keep the subways, rude masses of people pushing you around the sidewalks, and cabs trying to run you over as if it is Grand Theft Auto and they get points for every pedestrian they hit. Oh, and the horns! I will not miss waking up to car horns. The ironic part is that there are street signs posted all over NYC that pose a $350 fine for honking your horn. Go figure.
The point is… I am glad to be back to William and Mary! Believe it or not, this place has established a deep feeling of home to me and I am not sure that I want to go to graduate school anywhere but here. A few months ago I was burnt out and ready to depart from this state, but now I think I want to live here. In NYC I found myself thinking of Williamsburg quiet often, pointing out that NYC bricks were not like our bricks, criticizing the lifestyle and inconvenience of the city, and longing the peacefulness here on campus. I love waking up to the smell of morning Williamsburg dew and the sound of birds, unlike car horns.  NYC will always be a fun place to visit, but Williamsburg is a place to be at home.
For those familiar with the area and the campus traditions, and for those interested, check out the wonderful music video on youtube.com called Williamsburg State of Mind:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbnxUXtzc6k
I love this rendition of campus/Williamsburg life, except for the part about it being boring. Williamsburg is far from NYC, it is not a traditional “party” town, but it has so much more to offer.



On the Run…

Being a good student at William and Mary often means that you will have many days of non-stop movement. Wake up, throw on clothes with 10 minutes to get to class, grab a pop tart, run to class and wish that it was slightly warmer outside (in the winter), trip on a risen brick, plan out when you will get work done in between classes/work/research/organizations/internships, sit in class thinking “if only I could have slept another 10 minutes or so, feel gross for having eaten several pop tarts during the week, etc. My two years here have felt like a never ending marathon, even during the last semester of my senior year where I thought my work load would have been a little lighter. Now, I know not everyone at William and Mary has as much of a crazy life as I do, but I would like to think that a good majority of the Tribe are over-achievers too. I have always taken my work and my goals above and beyond what is expected of me, and considering the prestige of William and Mary, I think I am not alone. This lifestyle is rough, thrilling, and sometimes stomach-wrenching. It is one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life and I love it! I just wish I did not eat a pop tart this morning.
Point of advice: You will have many more days without nausea if you train yourself to not snooze the alarm. Get up a few extra minutes early to eat a healthy and sustaining breakfast. It is worth losing those extra 10 minutes of sleep because the stomach ache from the pop tart makes it really hard to pay attention in class.
P.S. I am in class now! :-p



Graduation On Its Way

So, I am a senior. And yes, this is my last semester. Many seniors
around me are dreading the big day where we walk out the doors of the
Wren building, opposite the way we came in during convocation. However,
I have been in college for almost 5 years and I find myself to be one
of the few that can’t wait for commencement to come. Don’t get me
wrong. I love William and Mary!! I am just so ready to break out of the
beautiful cocoon that college has wrapped me in, spread my wings, and
fly. I am ready to live off campus. I am ready to get a job that
specifically relates to my ultimate career goals. I am ready for Grad
School! Ultimately, it is time for bigger things in my life.
One big question you might ask is how I came to this point or what I
did to become so confident and prepared. First, I started college at a
very young age. I graduate high school at 16 and went straight into
community college. That was 2005, which feels like a long time ago.
Second, I have been conducting research and volunteering in clinical
settings since I started college. I guess you can say I dove right in.
In a sense I feel married to my education/career goals. It has been the
focal point of my life, other than my relationship with God, for as
long as I can remember. People say that I am blessed to have known so
early what I want to do for a living. To me, it is no surprise. The
events in my life have continuously directed me to a career in Clinical
Psychology. In addition, one of the most useful techniques to have at
William and Mary is the ability to multi-task regularly. Being at
William and Mary really has been a marathon from the beginning. It is
the lifestyle here. We are the Tribe and we are going places. There are
so many opportunities here, and you can’t do it all, but you have to be
good at juggling multiple responsibilities in order to take advantage
in at least some of the great opportunities at W&M. Here is a list
of many of the things to do on campus:

Sports, intramural sports, sports clubs
Dancing groups
Singing groups
Clubs
Sororities and fraternities
Service and philanthropy organizations
Research labs
Internships
And much more.

It really is almost impossible to not be involved on this campus.
There are so many things to participate in that it really makes time go
by fast. This is the end of my second year here (I transferred) and it
feels like it went by before I could blink. It is amazing, and yes, it
is exhausting. However, when I graduate and walk out those Wren doors I
will be able to forever look back on my experience here at W&M as
the most amazing and intense two years of my life. And I love it! This
campus is its own community and I encourage you to take it seriously
and dive right in!
My involvement: Nu Kappa Epsilon, Tribe Rides Car Club, Transfer
Student Ambassadors, Self-Determination A’Capella, Psi Chi Honor
Society, Golden Key Honor Society, Progressive Learning Therapy Intern,
PLT’s Tae Kwon Do Volunteer, Dream Catcher’s Therapeutic Riding Center
Volunteer, DOC Probation & Parole Office Volunteer,  Professor
Zeman’s Children’s Emotional Regulation Lab, and other research.
Oh, and I was one of the dance trainers and dancers for April 2009′s
Guinness World Record Break for the largest Thriller dance! I am a big
Michael Jackson fan and this was an awesome experience.



Managing Time…

Managing Time…
This has been one of the hardest tasks at William and Mary, primarily because there is so much to do here. There is an overwhelming amount of clubs, singing/dancing groups, sports groups, sororities/fraternities, events, volunteer opportunities, etc. at William and Mary, which brings me to my point… You cannot do everything! So relax and enjoy the experience while it lasts. If I had it my way I would be in several dance teams, sports, and the Equestrian club. However, I do not have the time to take advantage of every opportunity here. Sometimes it is disappointing, but overall it is one of the things I appreciate the most about this campus. There is something available for just about any interest you may have. It is a great thing that William and Mary is as small as it is (though it does not feel small to me).
The Fall semester of my senior year is a month shy from ending and I feel like I have been running the biggest marathon of my life. Somehow, and sometimes I am not sure what I was thinking, I ended up with 18 credits, including an Honors thesis and research lab, as well as 3 internships, two jobs, physical therapy twice a week, graduate applications, and the GRE all in this one semester. Crazy, I know. And yes, I do not have much of a social life at the moment, but I do try to keep my feet on the ground. This is my point for today…. Chill out! Pace yourself and enjoy the experience. If you are at William and Mary you definitely do not need to be in a hurry to grow up. You have already taken a big step in that direction. Celebrate it! Cherish it! And please try to keep your feet on the ground too!
With love,
Lisa Marie



Family Weekend gone too soon…

Here we are approaching Fall break already and I have had barely any time to reflect on the great experiences of Family Weekend. My dad and step-mom flew out from California and boy was I excited. I remember how I couldn’t wait for Family Weekend when school first began and now I can’t believe it is already gone. These experiences go by so fast. I don’t even remember blinking. As fast as they went, they were pretty special.
My parents stayed in the beautiful Kingsmill resort, thanks to the gracious discount they got just for being the parents of a William and Mary student. Their first night here we walked around campus and ate dinner at the Cheese Shop in Colonial Williamsburg. The cheese shop closed just after we got our food, so we had to eat outside. Guess what happened next…. torrential downpour. Yes, Williamsburg has a sense of humor. However, my parents and I had a blast eating sandwiches and drinking old fashioned root beer on the patio of a deserted, wet CW.
The rest of the weekend entailed various events, including a convertible drive down Colonial Parkway, dinner at the great Yorktown Pub with a peaceful beach view, concert of William and Mary Choirs and Orchestras, delicious Italian ice cream from Rita’s, and a lantern tour of ancient campus. Saturday we took a tour of the Jamestown settlement, went canoeing on Lake Matoaka, took a walk through CW, and ended the night with a victorious win for Tribe football. My dad and I are football fanatics, so this was my most anticipated event to share with him. It was just a bonus that we won the game against Delaware, leaving the Tribe 3-0! Sunday morning we had a great breakfast at the Cracker Barrel, went to church, and ended the weekend with a somber goodbye.
A few things I learned/relearned over Family Weekend:

Goodbyes are awful!
William and Mary students get free admission to the Jamestown settlement and museum with their student ID. This goes for the Yorktown settlement as well.
Tribe football is doing great this year!
There is too much to see in this community of ours. It will make your feet, legs, and back hurt for days if you try to see it all.
Cracker Barrel is open at 6am even on Sundays, which is a shock for Williamsburg since everything here closes early and opens late on Sundays.
I love my daddy!

GO TRIBE!!! Have a safe and fun break!



How William and Mary compares to California…

I
moved to Virginia two years ago in efforts to attend William and Mary. My first
year in this state was spent attending Tidewater Community College in Norfolk,
VA (i.e., from where I transferred to the great W&M), and it was quite an
adjustment. The people were different. The culture was different. The speed
limits and driving styles drove me nuts. I felt like I was living in a world
that constantly moved in slow motion. Ok, it was not as bad as it sounds.
However, I was pleasantly surprised that life at W&M was much different
than the surrounding cities.
The
most popular question I have received since I came to W&M is why I left
SoCal for Virginia. But, to be honest, my answer is no big surprise. I did not
come here for the state. California is wonderful year round and I love my home
very much. I could live very happily without the bugs, humidity, and allergies
of the east coast. However, after years of contemplating which college was best
for me and fully pursuing a future at Yale, I discovered that W&M was going
to be the next chapter in my life. It was the only school that I applied to in
the end and it is a great match. Yes, the environment is different, but it is a
good change for me. The pace is quite similar to the hectic life that I am used
to back in SoCal, the scenery is beautiful, and the small community provides me
with a sense of “home-away-from-home.”
I
love being a transfer student, especially being from another state. I believe
that being a transfer student gives me a special relationship with W&M. It
enables me to realize just how prestigious W&M is and appreciate aspects of
it that may otherwise be taken for granted. To some W&M is the neighborhood
college, but to me it is a wonderful experience and a huge stepping stone to fulfilling
my dreams.
Just
a pointer to current and future W&M students: don’t sleep on the job!
W&M is like a huge candy store: more sweet opportunities than you are
capable of digesting in one sitting. Take advantage of it while you have the
chance. Before you know it you will be walking the other direction out those
mighty doors of the Wren Building and saying farewell to this chapter of your
life. Make the most of it.