Category: Academics

A Busy Introduction

The following account of David Solimini’s visit is provided by Guest Blogger Kiara Earle May 12,2014 On the first day of the Washington DC Summer Institute, students have come from a number of different paths to reach our destination in the city. Interviews and countless applications no longer hang over our heads, as students excitedly



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




Williamsburg Rain

The other day, after what seemed like a week-long rainstorm, a friend turned to me and said, “you know, Williamsburg always seems prettier after it rains.” I looked around. He was right. The trees were greener than they ever were and even the pavement seemed to sparkle. This magnificent beauty was our reward after the



An open letter to SOMOS and MANOS seniors, May 2014

I make my living with words and, most times, I’m able to say something close to what I’m thinking and feeling. I am rarely at a loss for words, even if they’re not the right ones. Each year, however, I find myself inadequate even in this regard as some of you, ignoring my best advice,



Senior Research Saturday 2014

The year-long senior research project is an important piece in the William & Mary Geology major.  All W&M Geology majors complete an intensive independent project and in the process create new knowledge about the earth and the environment.  The project culminates in a thesis and a professional-style presentation.  For the past three years we’ve turned




Winter Olympics!

Сочи I love the Olympics. Whether it’s summer or winter, Europe or Canada, Olympic or Paralympic, I will be watching and downloading 500 apps on my phone to stay constantly updated on every event throughout the games. I am glued to the games from the opening to the closing ceremonies. I love watching the parade




Newbies step up

The MANOS students had reason for concerns about language proficiency and depth for the annual project trip.  Two of our most talented and experienced teammates would not make the trip.  Lester Chavez ’14 (8 trips) and Kristina Ripley ’15 (2 trips), both native Spanish speakers and both deeply knowledgeable about our research, methods, and theory, were missed for



The Letter Grade Function & The Power of Quizlet

After one, maybe two semesters at William & Mary, a student should come to the understanding that an A grade here takes much more time and effort to earn compared to a B grade. It’s much like this graph of an exponential function. Many William & Mary students come here having performed extremely well in



50 Hours in the Field: the Earth Structure & Dynamics Field Trip 2014

The 2014 Earth Structure & Dynamics class field trip left Williamsburg at 1 p.m. last Friday bound for the Blue Ridge Mountains and points beyond.  We would not return to campus until 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, some 50 hours after our departure.  The field trip is a spring tradition that’s been enjoyed by students




Mark Edmundson

Mark Edmundson’s essay, Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here, was one of the first things I read for my creative writing class this semester. It was interesting, mainly for its syntax—it was relatable, directed toward undergraduates, but still combined an interesting vocabulary with a personally relevant subject. And secondly, it was perhaps