When Allison Pearman '12 took the campus tour at William & Mary, "something clicked." It is hard to put into words the connection Allison had with the College from the start, but put simply it was the professors and the students. "It became clear to me as a freshman that the professors at William & Mary go the extra mile." Allison believes the students to be exceptional and not only do they "expect a lot from themselves academically, they are also involved in and committed to extracurricular activities."
Allison has been a Tribe Ambassador all four years as an undergraduate. She enjoys talking to prospective students about what makes William & Mary special. "I remember how overwhelming the college selection process can be and it is my hope that with every person I talk to, my passion for William & Mary will rub off and play a part, however minor it may be, in their decision to apply to the college."
The community at William & Mary is very adaptive and supportive, which Allison witnessed first-hand during Hurricane Irene when William & Mary was evacuated. "I saw upperclassmen offering rides and places to stay to people who they had just met. Not only were students offering assistance to one another, but faculty and staff members offered assistance to students who were unable to leave."
The benefit of William & Mary's community is endless, and "there are so many ways alumni can support students." Allison has personally taken advantage of mock interviews from alumni, which "gave me an opportunity to refine my interview skills with an experienced professional and later ace the harder question in the real interview."
"There are many things I would not have had the chance to partake in if it had not been for the financial support of donors," she adds. Like the once-in-a-lifetime study abroad trip Allison embarked on with her Master of Accounting Program, visiting Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia and going through the Panama Canal.
Allison's experience at William & Mary would not have been the same without the generosity of alumni and friends through annual gifts to the Mason School of Business. And today the future is brighter than ever. "I will leave William & Mary with not only a vast amount of knowledge, but with the skills needed to apply this knowledge in different scenarios."