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The College of William and Mary

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueA University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Broken Spirit

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Jul 06 2004
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
I just finished up my 1st year here at the College and I can say I wouldn't go anywhere else for my undergrad education.

Some classes are really just mindless memorization, like most of the introductory courses here, but I've also had a few that have really stretched my mind, like my freshman seminar on American Stereotypes of Japanese Popular Culture or my Ethics (PHIL 303) class. Some others have been real snorefests, like the Psychology Statistics course or Cultural Anthropology, but that was mostly due to inept professors. Mind you, I have had only about 2 professors I wouldn't ever take again out of about 10, so that's not bad.

Coursework here is challenging, and sometimes I found myself in the library from 10 AM to 1 AM working. That was during finals though, so don't expect to spend your entire day in the library. On a normal day, I usually studied about 5-7 hours a day for a 15 credit courseload. You WILL get a good education here even if the professors have to beat you to death with their knowledge. And they will, because the majority of the professors here are excellent. I just found out the other day Ret. Marine General Anthony Zinni taught a course here, hours after I began reading his memoirs. How's that for a surprise?

My social life primarily revolves around clubs and the language house I live in. I was lucky enough to get accepted into the Japanese House, where many of my friends live, so I'm never pressed for social stimulation on a weekend. I also see many familiar faces on my way to and fro and can always stop to talk to a friend seemingly whenever I leave my dorm. Your social life is what you make of it. Sure, you may spend a lot of your time studying, but so is everyone else. That usually means when you're not studying, everyone else isn't, so it's not as if you can never find anything to do at night. During the day it's different, but that's to be expected at any college.

I have also met some really interesting people through clubs I have participated in or programs I've done. The variety of things you can do is endless. For the Anime Society, I danced on stage in costume for a comedic skit infront of a thousand people. I will help oversee 40 Japanese college students this summer on their trip to the College and Washington D.C. for the Keio-W&M Cross Cultural Program. For the Queen's Guard, I've preformed military color guards for the Rotary Club and the athletic teams. In ROTC, I've ziplined across Lake Matoaka and played war games at Ft. Eustis. There's something for everyone here.

So, if you do decide to come to W&M, I leave you with some parting words of advice. Work hard, but don't work so hard you lose sight of the vast myriad of possibilities the Colle ge holds in store for its students.

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