William and Mary

Mitchell Croom

Mitchell Croom

Stamps 1693 Leadership Scholar


Yorktown, VA (Tabb High School)

Why W&M?

They say you fall in love with the first college you visit, and the others carry a mild letdown after the exhilaration of that first university tour. For me, William & Mary was that first college. I grew up practically next door, in neighboring York County; William & Mary was always on the “college radar” even before I really understood what college was, certainly before I gave serious thought to where I wanted to go to school. But when I toured the College for the first time in my junior year, it grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. I can’t tell you what specifically attracted me to W&M on that first visit, but I found myself comparing all other colleges to it, using the Tribe as a standard that no other college ever really met. When I came back to visit in my senior year, I knew it was the right choice instantly, that my desire for the College was more than just the college tour version of a honeymoon period. William & Mary’s superior academics, excellent student body, and even beautiful scenery all speak for themselves; but the closeness and sense of community that exists between the students and faculty is, I believe, often understated. One truly has the sense that professors and staff care about the students, that they are trying to help you succeed. That constructive, collaborative environment is, in my opinion, the most incredible part of this truly phenomenal school.

Intended Majors

Government and Mathematics

W&M Activities
Summer '14
  • I worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia in their Office of Legislative Affairs.
High School Activities
  • President of the Senior Class
  • Captain of the Debate Team, helping the school team achieve a state, a regional, and numerous district titles over two years of captaincy
  • Captain of the Scholastic Bowl Team
  • Vice President of local Mu Alpha Theta and Science National Honor Society chapters
  • Member of local National Honor Society and National English Honor Society chapters
  • Tutored French, English, math, and history in open sessions at the local public library
  • Delegate from Virginia to the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, DC
  • Virginia Boys State Alumnus
  • National AP Scholar
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • Eagle Scout Award with Silver Palm
  • Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Distinguished Volunteer Award
  • Tabb High School Outstanding Senior Award in Government
  • Tabb High School Senior of the Month Award for September