College of William and Mary Student Panel

Recorded Wednesday, September 23 at 08:00 PM

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College of William & Mary | William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Ask current College of William & Mary students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

Meet the panelists: Anisha, Priya, Abby, Nathan

Anisha is a junior from Vienna, Virginia and is double majoring in Psychology and Linguistics. On campus, she is captain of the William & Mary Club Rowing women's team, a Tribe Ambassador, and involved in research. Outside of classes, Anisha enjoys baking and spending time with friends.

Priya is a junior from Richmond, Virginia majoring in Biology with a minor in Public Health. She hopes to attend medical school after college. On campus, Priya is part of International Relations Club, Health Outreach Peer Educators, and Griffin School Partnerships. She also is an undergraduate researcher in the Biology department. In her free time, Priya loves trying new foods, watching sitcoms, and spending time outside.

Abby is a junior from Long Island, New York. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Psychology and minor in Mathematics. Abby is an active member of the Club Rowing team, the Membership Chair of Health Outreach Peer Educators (H.O.P.E.), a student-peer wellness organization, and the Mentorship Head with Griffin School Partnerships, a volunteer organization that tutors local schools. Outside of school, she loves hiking and camping with her friends, as well as working as a barista at Starbucks and following local sports.

Nathan is a junior from Fairfax County, VA pursing a BA in International Relations. He is a research assistant for the International Justice Lab (which studies transitional justice, human rights, and international law and courts) and a former intern at the Project for International Peace and Security. His student organization affiliations include Tribe Innovation (a student design thinking consultancy), Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the Taiwanese American Student Association. Nathan enjoys drinking & spilling tea with friends and jogging around Colonial Williamsburg when the livestock are waking up.

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College of William & Mary | William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
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Audience questions

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12:03@anonymous:What was the defining reason you chose W&M?
17:56@meganroka:Priya, I hope to major in Biology. Could you describe the academic workload at William & Mary? What are the benefits of majoring in Biology at William & Mary? What are some aspects of William & Mary that you feel as if could be improved?
19:07@anonymous:Are there a lot of other "premed" students there? I'm concerned there is no specific premed program and i am interested in going to Med school. thx!
22:48@anonymous:Nathan, what is the IR program like?
25:42@anonymous:Can a student create their own major, or tweak a major W&M has already?
26:52@anonymous:Is there a limit to how many students can be in a psychology faculty majors research lab; i.e., if a faculty already has all the RAs they need, would you then have to look for another lab to be/participate in?
27:09@anonymous:How did you decide what you wanted to major in? Was it something that you were really passionate about, or more so something you were just good at doing? Also, how do suggest exploring one's options in terms of majors?
32:32@anonymous:How close are you to DC can you get there by train?
34:36@anonymous:How safe do you feel on and around campus and in Williamsburg?
35:40@nttran:Abby, what was it like moving to another state to attend college?
37:14@anonymous:Can you speak to the student makeup, diversity, where are people from?
39:47@anonymous:Being a smaller school, is it harder for new people to fit in?
43:21@meganroka:How would you describe the extracurricular program at W&M including the sports program?
47:47@anonymous:How would you rate the food and dorms?
48:50@kija2003:What is a must take COLL class?
49:49@nttran:What is your favorite place on campus?
50:44@charlottee:what's the political culture there?


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