Jared Bergen

Murray 1693 ScholarJared Bergen 

Hometown

Sayville, NY (Sayville High School)

Areas of Interest

Community health, health policy, health communication

Why W&M

Before visiting William & Mary, the College blended in with a list of schools whose brochures seemed similar: picturesque institutions with challenging academics and enriching student opportunities. Reluctant to attend the 1693 Scholars Finalist Weekend, I traveled to Williamsburg with my heart set on attending a different college.

I could not be more thankful for the experience of the finalist weekend, for it completely altered my opinion of William & Mary, and with it, my idea of a dream school.

The moment I stepped foot on the Sunken Gardens I saw William & Mary's true beauty - not only as a lush, green environment but as a warm atmosphere where undergraduates have an overwhelming love for their school and peers. At no other college did I witness such a passion among the student body for their interests, both academic and extracurricular. At no other campus did I see students walking from building to building with such bright smiles as they talked to friends and waved to others from afar.

As the weekend came to an end, reflecting on the many conversations of politics and pop culture I had with current 1693 Scholars, remembering the laughs I shared with other students at various music rehearsals, I realized I did not want to say goodbye to this unique community. Eager to see what four years at William & Mary might bring, I ecstatically joined the Tribe.

Spring 2019

I am currently studying in Durban, South Africa with a program focused on community health and social policy. Towards the end of the semester I will be conducting qualitative research on the interplay between understandings of masculinity and health behavior among young Zulu men.   

W&M Activities
  • Student Intern at the Office of University Advancement & Philanthropy Chair of Students for University Advancement (Spring 2017-Fall 2018)
  • Member of Syndicate, a student-run hip-hop dance club
  • Member of Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Spring 2017 Research Intern for the Project on International Peace and Security 
  • Research Assistant for AidData's Listening to Leaders Survey Team
  • Orientation Aide for transfer and non-traditional students
  • William & Mary Pep Band (drumline)
Research

Intern at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy (Fall 2018)
Under the guidance of Professor Mellor, I worked with one other student to conduct a study to describe the demographics of residents eligible for coverage under Virginia Medicaid expansion in 2019. Survey data was used to provide general demographic trends as well as to consider the potential implications of work requirements on those with disabilities.