Morgan Sehdev

Morgan Sehdev

Murray 1693 Scholar


Haddonfield, NJ (Haddonfield Memorial High School)

Why W&M

When I was little I told my parents that I wanted to go to William & Mary because it was close to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. But this past spring I told my parents that I wanted to go to William & Mary because I couldn’t see myself studying anywhere else. At William & Mary, students find: outstanding professors, classmates excited to learn, opportunities in undergraduate research, and a campus buzzing with activity. Professors are open to carrying out discussions, to helping you when necessary, to involving you in their research. What makes this even better is the fact that this excites the general student population. Whether it’s in the classroom or in the Sunken Gardens, students are eager to learn, discuss, get involved, and make a difference. Students at William & Mary seem to value the educational journey, aware of their hopeful destination but never consumed by it. William & Mary encourages students to take what they learn and further it outside of the classroom by applying it to their own research. And do you know what?  They rise to the occasion, and their peers, professors, and College continuously support them in their efforts. To me, whether you’re a musician, an athlete, an artist, a freedom fighter, a scholar, an activist, or whatever else you may be, it seems that you’ll be able to find your niche on campus. And what’s even better, if you have yet to find your calling, William & Mary most certainly has a place for you. Over the years, the “why” may have changed, but in my mind the “where” seems to have always been William & Mary.


Hispanic Studies with a minor in Biology

W&M Activities
  • Goldwater Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa - Ann Callahan Chapell Award
  • Alvin R. Schomer Human Relations Award
  • Neumueller Scholar - World Language and Art
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • J.M.T. Childrey Award
  • Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award
  • Marine Corps-Scholastic Excellence Award
  • Honorable Mention for the National Spanish Proficiency Exam (2011)
1693 Scholar Project

Every summer approximately 4,000 migrant workers flood the Eastern Shore of Virginia, following the melon and tomato crops. These workers, approximately 90% of Hispanic descent, fuel the billion dollar agricultural industry on the Eastern Shore – whether it is in the packinghouses of Tyson and Perdue or the fields of large farms. Migrant labor has been essential to the success of the Eastern Shore’s economy since the 1920s. I hope to engage with this population as a part of my 1693 Scholar Project. First, by interning with Eastern Shore Rural Health as a Migrant Outreach Intern and Interpreter and second, through a case study of a program entitled “Gente y Cuentos/ People and Stories” with local spanish speakers. The goal of this case study is two-fold: 1. To provide literacy based service for the participants and 2. To better understand the migrant perspective as it can be elucidated through literature. I hope to answer the following questions: How do personal experiences affect the responses participants give to the literature? Does the group come to a shared understanding? And how can literature readings and discussions lead to a richer understanding of structural violence, liberation theology and popular education?

High School Activities
  • Bulldawgs Against Destructive Decisions Club (BADD), officer 3 years- school’s branch of MADD or SADD - spread awareness of drug related decisions and their consequences
  • LEO Club - Community service club
  • National Honor Society / National Art Honor Society
  • “Making A Difference” Mentors Club, Peer Mentors Club, and Peer Leaders
  • Math Tutor
  • Volunteer at Virtua Hospital
  • Art Classes at George Kaizar School of Art, Moore College, and University of the Arts
  • Varsity Field Hockey Player/ Captain
  • Student Representative to the Haddonfield Board of Education and the Haddonfield Municipal Alliance