Murray 1693 Scholar
Northport, NY (Friends Academy)
Areas of Interest
Marine Science, Costume Design, Film/Media Studies, History, English
Opportunities and options: these are the elements that immediately made William & Mary a top contender for my higher education. As a student, I am not someone who limits themselves to what they are familiar with; I am constantly exploring and changing as an intellectual. Unlike many of the colleges and universities I had visited previously, William & Mary did not require me to choose a concentration upon arrival, or want me to limit myself to the familiar. When I first visited campus, the students and faculty I met gave me the impression that William & Mary encourages its students to learn as much as they can, and evolve into well-rounded intellectuals that explore and interact with the world around them.
When researching my higher education options, I traveled along the Eastern Seaboard and to the West Coast, visiting every marine science institute and exploring every possible research opportunity. At that time, I was not even aware that the 1693 Scholars Program was even an option for me. Becoming a finalist, and later being invited into the program, helped me realize that William & Mary will not only allow me to pursue research and my passions, but aid me in doing so, which ultimately made my decision to attend an easy one.
As I emerged from high school, I had yet to solidify my future. I knew that being a student at William & Mary would provide an atmosphere that fosters the kind of independent, cross disciplinary, and vibrant education that would allow me to find my path.
High School Activities
- President, Sustainability Committee
- Tour Guide, Admissions
- Ambassador, Leadership Council Island Harvest Farms
- Apprentice, Costume Shop, Stagecraft Program, Friends Academy
- Independent Study, Cape Eleuthera Institute Research, Marine Bio & Island Ecosystems, Bahamas
- Independent Senior Research, Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere
- Internship, Two Indie Films, Wardrobe
- Tap Dance
Awards / Distinctions
- Cum Laude Society
- National Spanish Exam Gold Medalist
- The Roger Erickson English Award
- Theater Arts Award
- AP Scholar with Honors