Emma Merrill '13 concedes that her major, government, and minor, dance, don't seem like areas of study that complement each other. But at William & Mary, pursuing diverse interests isn't only a possibility, it's encouraged.
"William & Mary makes it incredibly easy for those who are involved in the arts to also be involved in the sciences," says Emma, adding that she is thankful for the liberal arts education she is pursuing "because of the freedom it gives me to study what I am truly interested in."
While taking a campus tour, Emma said she knew William & Mary would offer the type of well-rounded experience she desired. So far, as an undergraduate, Emma has studied and interned in the nation's capital, studied abroad in Spain, participated in service trips to Honduras, and met people from around the world with similar interests in academia and beyond.
"Those amazing experiences are what have prepared me for the real world and taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to," she says. A member of Students Helping Honduras, Emma says she is very interested in international development around the world.
After graduation, Emma hopes to go into the Peace Corps to continue teaching English in Latin America and then possibly study international law.
"I really want to combine my experiences in Honduras with what I have learned in the Government Department at William & Mary," she says. "I want to make a difference at a local level as well as at an international level."
Emma says being a member of the Tribe is "an unforgettable and irreplaceable experience."
"No matter where you go or what you do, you will always find a member of your Tribe family to support you," she says. "I would not trade my place at William & Mary for the world."
Annual gifts to the Fund for William & Mary from alumni and friends help ensure that personalized, one-of-a-kind William & Mary experiences prepare students like Emma for lives of meaningful consequence, no matter the passions they decide to pursue.