Carlos Noel

Murray 1693 Scholarcarlos noel


Manassas, VA (Osbourn Park Senior HS)

Areas of Interest

Biology, Neuroscience, Psychological Sciences

Why W&M

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