Welcome to the first installation of my (hopefully) fun and informative blog!
As it is the first of many of my blogs, I figured I should start by introducing myself and how I ended up at William & Mary. My name is Joey Cronin and I am a junior here at the university! I’m studying Psychology with a minor in Marketing, hopefully leading to some fulfilling job working outreach for non-profits! We’ll see how that goes…I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I adventure through the internship grind this semester. When I’m not in class, I like to stay super involved! I’m the type of person that really needs to schedule out their day to stay productive and sane. That being said, my relevant involvement (to you) is definitely serving as one of the three Transfer Interns for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions!
Me and some of the other summer tour guides with our new President, Katherine Rowe, on her inauguration day!
In my capacity as Transfer Intern, I get to write weekly blogs that’ll be posted here for you to check out throughout your application process. Other than that, I’m also a counselor for W&M’s chapter of Camp Kesem, give tours, compete on W&M’s Mock Trial team, tutor through Lafayette Kids, work as a research assistant for the Psychology Department, and I am a brother of the National Honor Fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi. Like I said, I like to stay busy! It didn’t take me very long to get involved on campus, either. William & Mary thrives on community engagement which is one of the biggest reasons I was drawn here.
Speaking of being drawn to William & Mary, I want to tell you all a bit about how I ended up here typing this blog for you. Out of high school, I went to a four-year in-state institution where I ran cross country and track and majored in Psychology. I had a great time, but something just wasn’t clicking for me. I realized fairly quickly that I never had that “I’m home” feeling which really bothered me. I’m here to say that everyone deserves that feeling. So I started looking into the idea of transferring to a handful of other in-state schools. It ended up coming down to William & Mary and another really great Virginia school and I spent a large portion of my Spring finals making way too many pro-con lists about what to do with my life.
My unit after one of the best events during Camp Kesem, Messy Games!
In the end, I realized that W&M checked literally all of my boxes: cutting-edge undergraduate research, ample opportunities for social and community involvement, and a massive emphasis on the idea of the “Tribe.” I didn’t realize how much I craved that sense of community until it was served up to me on a silver platter in the form of an acceptance letter. I submitted my deposit and never looked back. As you probably may have guessed, I’ve never been happier. I finally found that “I’m home” feeling and I can’t be more thankful for all the friends, family, and opportunities that W&M has given me.
Transferring can be a pretty nerve-wracking process, but I’m here to help! Stay tuned for some more blogs about the transfer admissions process and life here at W&M.
Until next time,
Joey Cronin ’20