William & Mary is known for the physical beauty of its campus as well as the amazing people who are part of the campus community. Don’t let the label “medium-size college” fool you, there are a lot of must see places! The Wren Building, Colonial Williamsburg, the Sundial, and the Sunken Garden…the list of unforgettable locations on campus goes on and on. So, here are my top three must see spots that are not on the Admission Office tour route:
- Miller Hall: Home to the Business School, this building was built based entirely on private donations. It is also LEED certified, meaning it is enormously energy efficient! I believe that it is one of the most beautiful buildings on campus and it has become one of my favorite study spots. It’s not just a building for business majors. You can go to listen to guest speakers, grab food at the Boehly Café using your Flex Dollars, and check out the courtyard on sunny spring days.
- Lake Matoaka: Whether it is to see a concert at the amphitheater, to take a walk through W&M’s forest trails, or to draw in the Matoaka Art Studio, the area surrounding the lake is an important part of student life for many students. This area of campus may be hidden from view but it should not be missed. On nice days, you can even go to the boathouse, rent a boat for free using your student ID and go out for a relaxing float on the water.
- The Daily Grind: A W&M staple with one of the most ideal locations and best vibes, this student run coffee shop is one of my favorite things. Grab a Jimmy Carter (Peanut Butter, Banana, & Chocolate Smoothie), Marc Sandwich (which I first picked because I share a name with it), or the best chai tea in the Virginia Tidewater region… the deliciousness is endless. Not to mention, some professors even hold their office hours outside at the prime patio seating.
Needless to say, William & Mary has a lot to offer and one trip to campus isn’t going to be enough time to see everything. My recommendation is to talk to students when you come to visit! The places on campus are diverse and beautiful, and the best part is that they are filled with people who make every day here at W&M unforgettable.
-Mark Bland ’16