No way. I refuse to accept there are fewer than 100 days until graduation. I joined the party late and now I’m counting down the seconds to the final buzzer? Ridiculous.
Prepare yourselves, prospective members of the Tribe. You may be coming in (fashionably) late to the game, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to fall for this school any less than those who came in their freshman year. It’s amazing how quickly this place feels like home. It was definitely love at first sight for me. I visited the College as a junior in high school, and despite coming away from the information session and tour knowing no more than I had going into them (not a fault of the school, mostly just me being preoccupied with being in love with William & Mary), I knew this was the place for me. Everyone was so kind, friendly, supportive, funny, smart, quirky and interesting that I couldn’t wait to surround myself with these people. Even though I hit a few bumps in the road, I finally was able to join the Tribe for the beginning of my sophomore year, and my life hasn’t been the same since. I’ve lived abroad; I’ve learned a new language; I’ve become a professional at backwards walking; I’ve made spectacular friends; I’ve joined a ridiculous number of clubs and organizations; I’ve taken eye-opening classes; and I’ve been able to learn from the amazing people around me and begin to become the person I want to be.
William & Mary isn’t for the feint of heart. It’s a game changer. While my days are numbered here, yours are just beyond the horizon. So finish up those applications, ask one more person to read through your essay, cross the Ts, dot the Is, and send your applications this way. The deadline is coming soon, and I don’t want you to miss out on the amazing opportunity that is William & Mary!
– Kate Fitzgerald