Jack Shangraw

Stamps 1693 Scholar


Jack S

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Potomac Falls, VA (Potomac Falls High School)

Areas of Interest

International Relations, Global Development

Why W&M

As I made my way through the somewhat soul-crushing college search process, I realized that most of the schools I was looking at were either huge universities or tiny liberal arts colleges. Both types of schools appealed to me for different reasons, but they also had drawbacks. I didn’t want to end up getting lost in the crowd at a big place or feeling limited at a small place. William & Mary struck the ideal balance by providing the best of both worlds. I could have the small classes and close-knit community of a small college alongside the research opportunities, resources, and vibrancy of a larger university.

William & Mary was the one school I visited where everyone I talked to, students and professors alike, seemed legitimately interested to get to know me as an individual, rather than as just another prospective student. Instead of repeating the same generic, brochure-style material that I had heard on every other college visit, the people I met were eager to discuss not only what William & Mary offered me, but how I could contribute to the college community through opportunities that would allow me to further explore and expand my academic interests. I left the 1693 Finalist Weekend convinced William & Mary had everything I was looking for in my college experience and then some, and upon receiving my offer from the program I immediately cancelled my remaining college visit plans, realizing that, for me, no place else could top William & Mary.

High School Activities
  • Eagle Scout
  • Varsity Swim Team
  • Captain of Academic Challenge Team
  • Symphonic Band
  • Co-President of Latin Club
  • Vice President of National Honor Society
  • President of National Social Studies Honor Society
  • Jazz Band
  • Student-to-Student Reading Program
Awards / Distinctions
  • 2016 US Senate Youth Program Delegate