Marissa Messner

Marissa Messner

Murray 1693 Scholar


Charlottesville, VA (Monticello High School)

Why W&M

I realized that I was way behind on my college research the summer before my senior year, and I had to rush to learn about every potential college. At first, I was set on a popular college in my hometown because it was the easiest choice, but one of my friends at William & Mary convinced me to visit. The week after my visit, I realized that every time I imagined myself at college, it was now at William & Mary, not the one in my hometown. The whole area is just so beautiful, full of peaceful places to study and just relax, and everyone there just seemed very genuine compared to other college students I had met. The professors I had met also seemed very interested in me as a person and they weren’t at all upset that I was listening in on their small lectures. Unfortunately, my college decision was also based on my financial situation, so I had to wait for my financial aid package from both schools in order to make my final decision. Even without this scholarship, though, William & Mary was by far the most generous in its financial aid awards, making the choice clear for me.

Intended Major

I definitely plan on majoring in Computer Science, and I’m seriously considering double majoring in either Spanish or Linguistics

High School Activities
  • Envirothon
  • Academic Team
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Interned with Albemarle County Public Schools’ Web Development Team
  • Worked at McDonald’s