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The College of William and Mary

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Oct 07 2011
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
You have to get involved to truly flourish here, and as with any other college, William and Mary gives back as much as you put into it.

First, I'm going to take some time to address, and hopefully dispel, some of the negative rumors surrounding this school. I don't expect you to agree with me, I just want you to take what I say into consideration. It's true that the academics here can be hard, sometimes brutally so, but the key is to take easy, small, and interesting courses that pertain to your major. Generally, the science courses are harder and more overwhelming than courses in the social sciences, linguistics, and humanities, but there are a lot of interesting classes in all of these fields, so do your research and I promise you it will pay off. Take interesting courses; if you enjoy what you're learning, I promise the work will come a lot more easily. As a political science major, I'm taking a lot of fun, interesting courses that foster intelligent, open minded discussion and you can actually apply what you learn to practical scenarios. While we're at it, if admitted into William and Mary, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY TO THE SHARPE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. The Sharpe Program is a freshman program that blends an academic seminar with pragmatic community service projects in which you actually get to apply the crap you learn. It's awesome, and I highly recommend it; it's really tough to get bored if you're someone who enjoys intellectual stimulation and getting involved in the community at the same time.

Next, I'm going to try to address some of our "social stigmas." William and Mary has often been disparaged for having an ugly and bookish student body. Quite the contrary. There are a lot of cute girls here which is great, and the entire social life does not just revolve around frats and sororities. You just have to know what type of person you are; there's a niche for everyone. Being a multicultural government major, I decided to get involved in the International Relations club, Debate team, and Student Assembly, and all three of these organizations party HARD, strangely enough. You just have to find your sort of people and believe me, it's really easy.

William and Mary is truly an excellent school; there's nowhere else I'd rather be. It's really hard to find such awesome, intellectual people who have practical social experience and who actually have an idea about how to use the stuff they learn. Again, what you get out of William and Mary is about how much you put into it. I cannot emphasize this enough. Doing extracurricular that connect to your academics is the best way to feel like you're accomplishing something during your time in college; this isn't just for William and Mary, I'd say this applies in general. I'm currently doing an internship for a political campaign, getting involved with the Sharpe program, and doing pertinent clubs, and it's really letting me enjoy life here and I know that I am making at least somewhat of a difference.

You must take responsibility for your own academic, social, mental, and emotional education. I'm gonna quote Cal Newport. Do few things. Do them well. Know why you're doing them.

responseYou have only been at W&M for—what—a couple of months?
responseYup, I'm telling the truth. I like to get involved and go for stuff. Up to you whether or not to believe me.
commentYou will be more credible if you write a review after staying for a few more semesters
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