Murray 1693 Scholar
Manassas, VA (Osbourn Park Senior HS)
Areas of Interest
Biology, Neuroscience, Psychological Sciences
Going into the application process, I truly didn’t know what I wanted from my college experience. To account for this uncertainty, I ended up applying to a wide variety of schools, each with unique aspects that interested me. What initially drew me in to W&M was its history. The colonial aesthetic fascinated me, and I loved the idea of learning at the nation’s second oldest institution.
The 1693 Finalist Weekend was my first time visiting the campus and it entirely convinced me that William & Mary is where I belonged. What truly makes W&M unique is its vibrant community. During my stay, I felt wanted more so than any other school I visited. The faculty and students I talked with had a genuine interest in my experiences, values, and aspirations. These distinct interactions allowed me to truly picture myself as a part of a collaborative community rather than being just another student.
Another characteristic that drew me in was the distinguished undergraduate research. I worked in a lab at a local university throughout high school, so research was an attribute I prioritized during my college search. Testimonials from the current scholars conveyed how easy it is to attain these opportunities, even as a freshman.
Considering the community, research, and, of course, financial support, I know that I made the right decision in joining the Tribe.
High School Activities
- The Governor’s School at Innovation Park
- Environmental and Microbiological Research at George Mason University
- Lead Volunteer at Sentara Hospital
- Vice President of International Heritage Society
- Treasurer of Spanish Honor Society
- Medical Club
- Math Honor Society
- Actor in School Theatre
- Studies in Classical Piano
- Madrigals Vocal Ensemble
Awards / Distinctions
- AP Scholar with Distinction
- Prince William County Youth Salute Nominee
- OPHS Choral Award