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The College of William and Mary

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Date: Feb 05 2003
Major: Language - French/Spanish/etc. (This Major's Salary over time)
My degree at William and Mary was, specifically, East Asian Studies and economics minor. I did the three-year plan thanks to a lot of AP credits. After graduating, I got a job teaching English in Japan, and now (after grad school) work in my dream job translating and interpreting for a major equities firm in Tokyo. I guess I am one of those rare people whose work is totally in mesh with their college major! But I feel that my W&M education was worth every penny.

If anything, I now wish I had MORE time at college. W&M is a small, extremely intense academic liberal arts school. That's what it bills itself as, so don't be surprised at small, demanding classes, academic stress, and a rather lack of social and cultural options. I chose W&M because I wanted an environment where I (a somewhat social nerd) fit in, and I found it. I pledged a sorority first semester, played women's rugby (!), joined academic societies, did study abroad, Model UN, wrote for the Flat Hat for one semester, and even helped edit the literary journal for one semester! There are endless options of things to get involved in. I had two independent study classes one-on-one with a teacher, and large classes too. I loved the historic campus, and Williamsburg itself was not bad.

I don't think this college would be a good fit for people looking through an easy ride through their four years, nor for people looking for a big city and LOTs of entertainment options. The school also has a distinct liberal arts bias (excepting pre-med and business majors), and the grading is HARD. Working full-time is a breeze compared to my senior year.

Anyhow, seven years down the road, I still regard my undergrad years with great fondness. W&M is a great school for those who know what they're getting into!

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