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Giving Of One’s Hands and Heart

April 22, 2013 by

My last post was from a speech I gave about service, but this time I’m doing one better. Below Emma Merrill ’13 speaks to the audience at Celebration of Service on the need to give one’s hands and heart to service. Emma’s commitment to social justice, active citizenship and community is an inspiration to many on this campus and in our office.  Emma was also honored with the Alumni Humanitarian Award that evening.

What Will You Stand Up For?

April 11, 2012 by

With Day for Admitted Students coming up this weekend and graduation in about a month, I’ve definitely been thinking a lot about William and Mary’s powerful ability to shape all who come here.  Four years from now admitted students who will this weekend be introduced to the Tribe culture, meeting so many amazing individuals and experiencing some of the best features of our college, will be Seniors, amazed at how quickly the time flew.

In the intervening four years, a lot will change for those students. They will learn so much from faculty, staff, fellow students, and others in the William and Mary community.  They will also learn so much about themselves: what matters to them, what inspires them, what in no way interests them (for me: Astronomy), what challenges them, and what makes them a part of this Tribe.

They will also learn what they are willing to stand up for. I’ve already blogged briefly about the Stand Up Campaign, but today I want to share with you a video that represents just a few of the things William and Mary students are willing to stand up for.

The Admission Interns present … Day for Admitted Students!

March 27, 2012 by

Meet the Admission Interns in their film debut! The Interns are frantic as they rush to prepare the campus for Day for Admitted Students 2012!


Orientation? Hold up – what is THAT?

August 17, 2011 by

So, there’s this thing called Orientation. And training for it started today. And Briana and I decided we’d take a little late night stroll onto the football field (with permission from appropriate people of course). So, here’s the result – all in one take – we talk about Orientation, are really excited about it, and in general, try to get you as pumped up as possible for it.

So HERE IT IS – I apologize in advance for the amount of times that I say “super excited” and that Briana says “therefore” – they’re our favorite words!


Kylee & Briana

Reminiscing about freshman year

May 23, 2011 by

Found some video clips from freshman year, so I put together a video summary. Watching these clips made me miss William & Mary oh so much! I can’t wait to go back next semester for my last fall and winter in Williamsburg.

Under Pressure

April 19, 2011 by

The end of April is always crunch time. It’s when the entire academic year begins to dwindle down, and everyone is either running around like frenzied chickens, or frolicking like nymphs in the Sunken Garden.

I’m more of the frenzied chicken type.

Professor Schoenberger

I write this post in the middle of my English 468 Screenwriting class, instructed by the fabulous Professor Nancy Schoenberger.  We’re in the midst of work shopping everyone’s second act, which is kind of a stressful time; we only have two more class periods together—one of which is our allotted exam period—and we still have to plough through our third acts.  Writing a screenplay sounds easier than the actual process (watch Spike Jonze’s Adaptation), but it helps immensely to have the affable Professor Schoenberger balance the writing worry.

I’m also in the midst of preparing the launch of Rocket, the magazine I’m spearheading.  It’s the College’s first fashion based publication, solely focused on visual aesthetic.  And while I won’t continue to discuss the project, because even that makes me anxious, I will leave you with the promotion video below:

Welcome Class of 2015!

March 29, 2011 by

Check out the video below featuring current students here on campus to welcome you as the incoming class of 2015…We are so excited for you to join us as members of the TRIBE in the fall and hope to see you on Day For Admitted Students (4/16/11)!

- Shannon Beydler ’12

Giving Back to What Matters Most

March 28, 2011 by

I love the Class 0f 2011, and at over 50% participation in the Senior Class Gift already, we’re just getting started.

Seniors: Give back to what matters most at www.wm.edu/2011

Go Tribe,


Putting my gratitude into words

February 21, 2011 by

It’s still difficult to thank William and Mary.

More than Academia

January 28, 2011 by

There is more to College than grades and academia.  Point blank.   It is important to shave time from our schedules to engage ourselves in the company of our friends.  Remember this; they do not teach you this in freshmen seminar.

Earlier this week I sat down with a friend for lunch, but it was not at our beloved Sadler, or Caf, but in her dorm kitchen, where she cooked and prepared lunch herself.  Meal plans, while a bit glamorous in their allure (I mean, who doesn’t love having food ready and prepared), are not the only option.  As shown in the pictures below, it is possible to prepare appetizing entrées.

She is quite skilled in culinary arts.

And last night, some hall mates and I went out and had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  It was like a scene from the nonexistent-but-soon-to-be-written novella, The Italian House Tales.  Great people, great wings.  The best part of the night, though, was when we were all getting into our cars and the driver of my vehicle started playing Ke$ha.  Now we all know what happens when Ke$ha stumbles her way into the ears of the collegian.  Pure ecstasy.

Both cars erupted into complete chaos, and everyone started dancing.  I opened the sunroof of my driver’s car and hung out of her sunroof, while fist pumping to “Your Love is My Drug.”  Our friends from the other car jumped from their seats and started parading around us, and even the passersby intermittently jived and whooed.

After returning from our rave in the parking lot of Barnes and Noble, some of the Italian House-inians and myself continued the disco in their own room.  We only had thirty minutes before quiet hours, and we were going to dance every minute away.  I have provided a video below:

Later in the evening, I reflected on the entire night, and day, with my remarkable RA.  She agreed with me whole-heartedly that College is not solely an academic ladder.  It is an entire experience that contains a mere fragment of what we call “classes” and “grades” (though, these things are crucial, do not get me wrong).  The spontaneity of a parking lot Ke$ha jam is what we ardently live for—that  “in the moment” feeling that envelopes itself around us, shielding us from the stress of Blackboard reading assignments, advancing application deadlines, and the worry of tomorrow.

As said by Charlie in Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”