Sora Edwards-Thro

Stamps 1693 Scholar

 

Sora

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Hometown

Yorktown, VA (York High School)

Why William & Mary

I turned my college search into quite the search, applying to 15 schools all around the country. William & Mary was on the list, but I was more enchanted by places farther from home, preferably tiny and in the middle of nowhere. Then when I received scholarship offers from those places and actually visited them, I realized I preferred "the college next door."

I discovered that William & Mary is the perfect size - large enough to be interesting, small enough to be intimate. I also came to appreciate the students themselves. When people asked me why I was going to college, I always replied "to meet smart people" but "smart" can mean a lot of different things. William & Mary students are smart but not smug, and every one I meet seems to have their own passion driving them. I realized that the chance to be surrounded by people like that, in a setting that focuses on undergraduates and research, is an extremely rare thing, and I knew once the interview weekend for scholars was over that if William & Mary said yes, I'd be content telling all the other schools that gave me similar offers "no."

Major

Linguistics major with minor in Education Studies

Research and W&M Activities
  • Summer 2017: Honors Thesis research on Haitian Afro-futurist fiction
  • Winter 2015-Summer 2016: Study on the impact of technology on Haitian Creole literacy (partially funded by 1693 grant)
  • Kids Write Founder
    • started technology / literacy programs at 6 schools in Haiti
  • Sharpe Scholar
  • WMSURE
  • Writing Resources Center consultant
  • Black Lives Matter organizer
Internshipssora
  • Summer 2016: FHI 360, Literacy Intern
  • Summer 2015: Worldreader, Research Intern
High School Activities
  • Board of Directors for Unleash Kids, an educational technology group working in Haiti
  • Project Rive Coordinator, a computer center for a Haitian village
  • National Novel Writing winner for 5 years
  • Co-Captain of Cross Country
  • Track and Field
Awards/Distinctions
  • 2nd of 201 teams in Big Ideas @ Berkeley social innovation competition
  • Finalist in USAID All Children Reading - Enabling Writers prize competition
  • First Place - Group of Poems, William & Mary 2017 Student Literary Awards
  • Raised over $56,000 for Kids Write through prize competitions and grants
  • Author of two plays, three zines, and many blog posts
  • Proficient in Haitian Creole 
  • First and second place awards in state science fairs