University Of William And Mary College Prowler No Essay

As I struggle through the heavy courseload at William and Mary, I find myself still managing to have a good time, largely due in part to the friends I have made so far in my college career. At William and Mary, the student body is relatively small (approximately 5800 undergraduates), but is diverse in such a way that everyone is able to find their niche within the school. William and Mary prides itself on the sense of community that it establishes through the diverse population it manages to draw each year. Since it is a public school in the state of Virginia, most students hail Virginia (specifically Northern Virginia, affectionately dubbed NoVa) as home; however, the backgrounds and interests of students is overwhelmingly unique. As William and Mary's reputation and outreach to international students, in particular in Asian countries, the diversity of the student body will only continue to increase. Because the student body is small enough to interact with in a meaningful way on campus, but large enough to find individuals who share my interests, the relationships I have established have been the best part about my time at the College. After returning home for holidays and talking with friends, family, and strangers about my experiences at William and Mary, nearly everyone has a relative or close friend that went to there; "wonderful school" is a typical phrase I hear when telling people I attend William and Mary. But once back on campus, I spend much of my time in the library (fulfilling the typical W&M student stereotype) or at the gym. Many of my friends enjoy using the gym facilities as much as I do, and it's always great to catch up and stay in shape at the same time. William and Mary is located in the City of Williamsburg, which is a well-known colonial-era tourist attraction, a fact that sort of loses its excitement after about the first week of freshman year. Aside from the colonial section of Williamsburg, there isn't much in the way of nightlife, which is one of the largest student complaints upon arriving to William and Mary. However, other students and myself still manage to find fun things to do on campus. There are often campus-run events on the weekends (such as movie-showings and live entertainment), as well as just hanging out with friends or catching a movie in New Town, a shopping center a short car or bus ride away from campus. The school administration is somewhat strict, especially in their rulings of student misdeeds, but is fair. William and Mary has the oldest honor code in the country, something that all faculty and students take seriously. The undergraduate honor council handles issues of cheating, lying, etc., and the fact that it is student-run (and elected!) provides more fair rulings for students with the additional perspective of a student presiding, even if not always lenient. Despite this sense of community around a commonly shared desire to uphold the honor code (created by a William and Mary alumnus, Thomas Jefferson), there tends to not be a great sense of school pride. William and Mary's athletic teams are not often good, which detracts from the positive environment of the College, but the students often will rally together for traditions, some of which include the Yule Log ceremony (lighting of a fire in Wren Chapel, the oldest academic building still in use in the US) and Opening Convocation for the new freshman class. One of the most memorable experiences I have had at W&M was walking through the Wren Chapel after reciting the honor code pledge and then into the bright summer sun to see all of the student body standing outside, congratulating me (as a freshman) and welcoming me to William and Mary. The sea of clapping hands and smiling faces directed at a freshman (not usually a welcome status in high school) is something that I always remember.

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