Don’t Cease from Exploration

Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy learning about my journey at William & Mary, which is sure to be filled with tripping up on bricks but also lots of laughter. I’m currently in my second and last year of graduate school at the School of Education after having graduated undergrad here in 2015, but before delving into the present, I want to think back on my beginnings at W&M.

A few weeks ago, my friend and I were driving back to Williamsburg after going to a concert. We were thinking about all the times we’ve driven back to Williamsburg over the years and how it’s still a good place to come back to, even as we’re both about to graduate in the spring.

My friend asked me about my first time going to William & Mary, and I felt a smile creeping upon my face. I realize that I love talking about my initial contact with W&M. I reminisced about taking my tour and discovering the deliciousness that is The Cheese Shop for the first time. Then I thought of all the times I kept going back to Williamsburg during my senior year of high school because I wanted to be a student here so badly.

High School Rachel

My friend talked about how she’d wanted to go here since she visited Williamsburg with her family as a child. She talked about how she discovered Lake Matoaka on Day for Admitted Students with her dad.

Perhaps that’s why we love talking about how we became familiar with William & Mary – because we get to talk about the discoveries we’ve made. Not only have we discovered Colonial Williamsburg’s Cheese Shop and Lake Matoaka’s peacefulness, but we discovered more about ourselves, and we realize there is still more to discover.

I find comfort in T.S. Eliot’s words in “Little Gidding,” a poem which I came to know and love through one of my poetry classes at William & Mary. “With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling / We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.” I still at times feel like I’m getting to know William & Mary for the first time, as I discover new people and new buildings and new ideas.

William & Mary has taught me how to be a good explorer. I hope you’ll be a fellow explorer with me as I continue to discover more of W&M.

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