William & Mary’s newest freshman class will move in on Aug. 23, and upon arrival will be greeted by one upperclassman who urges new students to make the most of their time here on campus.
Marshall Zobel ’15 is this year’s upperclassman speaker for the William & Mary new student orientation program, which runs Aug. 23-27.
Zobel will address the incoming freshman class as well as transfer students, talking about his experience thus far at the university as well as the opportunities that are presented during a student’s time here.
A business major and history minor, Zobel is a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, originally hailing from Virginia Beach. He is a member of the One Accord a cappella group as well as the club gymnastics team.
As a transfer arriving at William & Mary, Zobel recalls how the Orientation Aides made the university a welcoming place.
“What I remember most about when I first arrived at William & Mary is sitting on the couches in the lobby of the Sadler Center with my orientation group, playing a game with our OAs called 'Psychiatrist,'" he said. "I had just transferred to W&M, and playing this game with the OAs and my transfer group helped to put me at ease. It was an early example of the friendly and accommodating environment I had just entered into at W&M.”
He wants to encourage new students to explore every opportunity available, saying that “our College has so much to offer, especially for those who take chances and actively pursue new and different experiences.”