Murray 1693 Scholar
Norfolk, VA (Homeschooled/ODU)
Areas of Interest
Math, Russian Language & Literature, Japanese Studies
When I began the college application process last year, I was looking for a place that would open doors. I searched for Math Departments with advanced courses in number theory and opportunities for research. I sought out Russian and Japanese Departments that included study abroad programs and active student organizations. As the months sped by, I managed to narrow my search to just a handful of schools. Each was a great option, but as spring rolled around, I still wasn’t sure - which one should I choose?
When I arrived at W&M for the 1693 Scholars Weekend, I was immediately impressed by the faculty. Every professor I spoke with overflowed with enthusiasm about the school. During lunches at the Murray House, faculty members sat with us and asked about our day. Upon returning home, one math professor called and offered advice on placement, courses, and research opportunities. Professors from the Russian department spoke with me on Skype about the study abroad program in St. Petersburg and student groups for watching Russian films and performing folk music. Everyone I spoke with went out of their way to help me and make me feel welcome. I was inspired by how much they loved what they did and by the testimonials of their students.
After my visit to W&M, I realized that while all the schools I applied to were excellent, W&M had something special that set it apart: its unique combination of amazing opportunities, supportive faculty, and welcoming community. I’m incredibly honored to be part of the 1693 Scholars Program and am grateful for its financial support. I’m convinced that the specialized programming and guidance will allow me to make the most of all that William & Mary has to offer. I could not be happier with my decision to attend William & Mary. Go Tribe!
High School Activities
- President of Old Dominion University Russian Club
- Founder and President of Tidewater Paracord Project
- North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad competition qualifier
- Self-study in mathematics and foreign languages
- Student at Rouxbe Cooking School
- National Merit Finalist
- National Russian Essay contest (Gold Medalist)
- National Latin Exam (Gold Medalist)