Category: Careers

What I learned from rejection

I had my first big rejection last week. I mean big. The crushing, leaves you speechless type of rejection. In February, I submitted a proposal for a National Geographic Fulbright fellowship. I wasn’t very optimistic, until I found out in late April that I was a finalist. Suddenly, the impossible didn’t seem quite so impossible,

Katie’s Top Ten

As I sit here typing, erasing, and re-typing words on this blank document to try and express how busy but fun my internship has been so far, I realized that I haven’t even talked about who I’m interning for and what I’m doing. This summer I have the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Human

Embarking on a Terrifying Journey

Making plans for the summer seems to be one of the toughest parts of college. With pressure from your parents to get a job, pressure from your peers to get a stellar internship, and pressure from Netflix to watch the entire Breaking Bad series, it’s hard to decide what direction to take during each of

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try”

With two weeks of classes under my belt and a mild understanding of the Metro system I’m off to my internship. I’m not going to lie, after the initial intoxication of excitement that filled me as I sent off the email accepting my internship wore off, I was terrified. My brain was a tornado of

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

The Power of Teamwork: How I Know I’m Heading Down the Right Career Path

When I was in high school (and up to this point in college) all my school work had been rather lonely. In high school, group projects were only in class. In college a group meets just to delegate work for the individual members to do at home, and then meets up again to fit everything

What I want to be when I grow up.

There are three questions every college senior gets asked. You’re a senior?! How does it feel? Do you know what you’re doing in May? What do you want to be when you grow up? #3 is my personal favorite, because it instigates a sense of inescapable panic while simultaneously making me feel like a six


I’m sitting behind the information desk at the Wren Building, one of the last students on campus as I prepare to head home tomorrow for Spring Break. Three prospective students were here a few minutes ago, and they asked me a question I hadn’t heard in a while—what made me choose William & Mary? It’s

Humanities Majors Are People Too

I walked in to Wawa last week with the intention of buying a coffee, and left instead with a coffee and a quarter life crisis. For the second time that week, the cashier was decidedly unimpressed when he asked what I was majoring in and I informed him I was studying English and Studio Art.

Last Days of the William & Mary Washington Winter Program

I don’t know how it was possible, but the last two days of the William & Mary Winter Washington Program were even busier than the first five. Wednesday was our “Capitol Hill Day,” and like anyone who has a job on the Hill we did not stop all day. We started at the Senate Foreign