Category: Student Leadership Development

What is Your Qadr?

Back in college, one of the most influential moments I recall was when Professor Tamara Sonn explained the concept of qadr in relation to human beings. The Arabic word, which can be interpreted to mean ‘power’ or ‘destiny,’ refers to one’s potential. It was the first class of the semester, and Professor Sonn wanted us to think about our potential. Though she




DCSI-LCE Week 1: I Can’t Tell Where the Journey Will End, But I Know Where to Start

This past Wednesday, Professor Stelljes asked all of us within the Leadership and Community Engagement Institute (LCE) of William & Mary’s D.C Summer Institute (DCSI) to describe our experience so far in 2 words or less. I described my experience up to that point in just one word,”AHHHHHHH!”, which is a word that still remains accurately reflective



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Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can

Arthur Ashe, one of the first African-American tennis players, spoke these words –”Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can” – as an activist.  At a one-day, personal development seminar held at William & Mary on the 16th, Ashe’s words nicely summarized what we students had learned that day and how



W&M Alumni Living the W&M Vision – Changing the World

In this entry, Charlotte Mabon, ’15, serves as guest blogger. Below is her reflection from a recent Community Engagement Lunch Discussion. 2002 William & Mary graduate Abbitt Woodall is now the director of a local non-profit agency called Housing Partnership Inc. Located right in Williamsburg, HPI uses state and local government funds to provide essential




Being Greek is about earning your keep when your family needs you most

Last week I was asked to speak to the new members of social fraternities at W&M. It was an honor I took seriously. I wrote the following speech and hope it serves as a guide for a few other people as they contemplate their role in community. There are dozens of lists that declare an




Reflections on the W&M Charter and a Charge to the Class of 2015

In this blog entry, Kendall Lorenzen, a junior at W&M serves as guest blogger. Below is the script from the speech she gave at the annual Junior Ring Ceremony. I love everything that the Charter of the College of William & Mary represents. It is our origin story. It is our connection. It is the




Lucky ’13

2013, my first complete year at William & Mary. Time really does fly by when you are having fun. 2013 was a busy one making many new friends, and countless memories. One of the best choices I have made here at W&M was pledging a social fraternity. I was able to participate in the Student




Creating a Community

Branch Out held a Homecoming reception this weekend to welcome back alumni who participated in alternative breaks while they were here.  It was quite a crowd, with people buzzing in from all over the world.  Some of those I talked to had come from places as far away as Ireland, San Diego and Tanzania recently.



Jaded.

Day after day I am bombarded with news about wars raging, violence ensuing, natural resources depleting and crises destroying lives of millions of people. I sit on the metro, tears welling in my eyes, feeling so small in a world that is consumed by distress. I stay up late nights making sketches of solutions to



Never Forget Your Name Out There — Welcome New Students

Colin Danly, a junior at William & Mary, provides a guest blog. The blog is written in the form of a speech he would give to incoming freshmen at the College. Welcome class of 2030! It fills me with great pride to be able to speak with you all today. My time here was a