Brian Focarino

Brian Focarino
  • Class of 2011
  • Hometown: Fairfax Station, VA
  • Major(s): Linguistics & Government
  • Archived Blogger

About Brian Focarino

Hi – I’m Brian.

William & Mary & Me, us three go way back. At least to my wide-eyed days in 2007. I graduated from William & Mary in 2011 with my Bachelor’s in Linguistics and Government. My older posts will give you a taste of what took up most of my time in those days. The Tribe is, and has been, my family for a number of years now.

After graduation, I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I went to graduate school at the University of Edinburgh and got my Master’s in English language and applied linguistics. I worked in the Scottish Parliament while living abroad, and loved getting to be a part of the Scottish Nationalism movement. Few can probably claim kilts were ever a part of their day-to-day routine.

In 2012, I was back at William & Mary for law school because for this next step in my life, I didn’t really have to choose the College.

It’d already chosen me.

Whether it’s from my posts as an underclassman, a nostalgic senior, an alumni an ocean away, or a graduate student, you’ll learn soon enough:

William & Mary is a class of one.

Posts by Brian Focarino

Now & Always

I thought that by moving to Scotland I’d be a bit further away from William and Mary than I’ve been used to for the

Younger Things

This February during Charter Day, William & Mary will turn 319 years old. There are a great many things in the world that are

Let’s Gossip About Another School (Say What!?)

WARNING: JUICY GOSSIP ENSUES. Unblemished, aseptic prospective students (and parents) cover your chaste eyes. Let’s be serious with one another: some students (and their

Save Your Ivy, We Prefer Magnolia

26 years ago a book was published by Richard Moll, a former dean of admissions at UC Santa Cruz, Vassar, Bowdoin, Harvard and Yale.

Subtle Things

I have a question: “what exactly happened to my life?” We talk a lot about lifelong connection at William and Mary. The idea  that


Campus is emptying as underclassmen head off in the directions of their respective summer adventures, hugging and saying their goodbyes with a small “g,”

Broken Records

This week, something remarkable happened. The Senior Class Gift for the Class of 2011 broke every record for a senior gift. Specifically, 1076 out

5th Best Undergraduate Teaching – In the Country

The U.S. News and World Report just released rankings on where to find the best undergraduate teaching out of all the major national universities

The sign I was looking for. No literally, a sign.

Duke of Gloucester Street is probably my favorite street in the United States. Throughout my time at William and Mary, rarely a day has