Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward

I am halfway done with college, and have taken some time to reflect on the experiences of these last two years. My freshman and sophomore years have pushed and moved me in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I made the decision to come to William & Mary a little over two years ago. 635




Homecoming and Surprises

In my opinion, surprises make Homecoming. You never know just who you’ll run into, which famous alumni will walk around the corner, which upperclassmen will show up again at your club’s reception. Homecoming radiates mystery and that’s why I love it. I did not expect to meet former Director of the CIA, former Secretary of



Freshman Baby

I would love to freeze time right now. My philosophy exam and mounds of take-home finals I still need to outline and write are currently staring me down from my desk. As much as I’d like to avoid the work I need to begin to do, I’d like to freeze time for a different reason.




Thoughts from the Aiport

A little boy just walked by and, upon viewing the group of tables I am sitting at, said, “Why are all these people eating in such a busy airport?” His father smiled. In about an hour, I will board my flight home to Chicago, although I have a feeling it will be delayed by the




Happy Holidays!

Since I last wrote, I have survived a hurricane, experienced 70-degree weather in December, and gone home for the first time since August for Thanksgiving break. Going home was a bit of adventure in itself – I went to Washington D.C. with my roommate and then took the train to Chicago. Along the way, I



Recent Visitors

Several very exciting people have recently visited the College. A couple weeks ago, William Deresiewicz, an essayist and the author of the book A Jane Austen Education, gave a lecture sponsored by the English department. This was quite exciting for me because I read Deresiewicz’s essays and part of his book in high school when



My Weekend Activities

Saturday mornings are absolutely wonderful. It is on Saturdays that I wake up to this beautiful campus and realize how truly amazing it is to live in one of the most unique and architecturally significant places in the country. Saturday mornings I very much appreciate the walk to the caf, the fresh fruit and eggs



Clubs and Such

There is a club here called Wizards and Muggles that sorts students into a house at the beginning of the semester. Yes, a house like Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw. I will preface this post with a warning to all individuals under the age of 17: if you have not yet read Harry Potter and



The West Virginia of William and Mary

Recently, my roommate called our dorm the West Virginia of William and Mary. I am only beginning to understand Southern comparisons, so I will explain: West Virginia is in the mountains. The mountains are full of trees and bugs and not very many people. But the people who do live there are very nice. At



What I’ve Learned So Far

In the week that it has been since I came to William and Mary, I have learned a number of new phrases, including the word Nova (Northern Virginia – not to be confused with Rova – the Rest of Virginia) and the acronyms RAR, OA, PFOA, and TWAMP (in this order: Resident Assistant Roommate, Orientation