Jonathan Merlino


Class of 2018
Ashburn, Virginia
Film & Media Studies and Marketing
On-Campus Involvements: 
DoubleTake A Cappella; Rocket Magazine; Orientation Aide; Tour Guide and Tribe Ambassador within the Admission Office

Why did you choose to attend W&M? 

I truly believe that William & Mary has shaped me into the individual that I am today. There are many reasons to come to William and Mary that can be shown in statistics, from our student to professor ratio to our alumni networking. When I was applying to colleges I knew that I wanted to go to a college that would push me to be better and that was one of the main reasons I chose William & Mary. At the end of campus tours that I give, I don’t really talk about “why I chose to go to William & Mary," but instead I focus on “why I chose to stay," and it was because of the community. From late night Wawa runs with my own freshman hall to saying hello to friends when walking to class, I am constantly surrounded by people who genuinely care. College is full of ups and downs and it has been this community that has been there with me through it all. The advice that I give prospective students is to visit colleges and observe. Remember how the students interacted with each other and how you felt while walking around campus. College becomes your home away from home and William & Mary has most definitely become my second home.

What is your go to Cheese Shop order?

Baked ham, french bread, mesclun greens, HOUSE DRESSING <3 


In high school I used to make these really embarrassing music videos where I would lip sync to popular songs. Once I came to college I tried to leave the videos in the past, but some of my friends found them and started posting them on my Facebook. So don't add me on Facebook :) After my tour one day a mom came up to me and said that she and her daughter had seen my videos.....I was in literal disbelief.