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Pablo Solano

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Culver City, CA (Santa Monica HS)


Computer Science major with Data Science minor

Why W&M

William & Mary never seemed like an obvious choice to me. When I first started looking for colleges in my massive guide, I had only a vague idea what I wanted. Sure, I knew I wanted a school strong in computer science and theatre, and a school with a “good” reputation, but that meant I was looking at colleges as different from each other as UCLA and Wesleyan. However, as I started to narrow down what I thought was important, William & Mary stayed on the list while others fell off. Liberal arts. Small but not tiny. Student and faculty bonds. History and tradition. However, I still wasn’t convinced. Looking at my list of schools, William & Mary stuck out as the “one I’ve never heard of” here on the West Coast. I felt apprehensive attending the 1693 Scholars Finalist Weekend, because I wondered how I would feel if I won the scholarship but didn't like the college. However, the weekend made all hesitation leave my mind. William & Mary has an intellectual feel, beautiful sprawling nature, unique clubs, fantastic choir and a cappella, artsy spaces such as the Meridian and the radio station, and one of the coolest environments for a history buff right next door. Knowing I’d be a fool to turn down a college with incredible research opportunities and facilities for undergraduates, I left my interviews knowing William & Mary was my new number one.

W&M Activities
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    • Chair
  •  Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center
    • Fellow of Technology
  • REACH Intern - Summer 2020
    • I worked with Professor Yaorong Ge on a project involving computer science and cardiovascular health
  • Attendee of the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
  • Sing every Sunday at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church
  • Member of the William & Mary Choir (first-year and sophomore year)
  • The Idlewoods (barbershop group) (first-year)
  • The Front Porch Society (first-year)
    • a group dedicated to promoting the music scene on campus
  • 24-hour play festival (first-year)
Awards / Distinctions
  • VTHacks 7: Best Use of MicroStrategy Embedded Analytics and Best Financial Hack
  • William & Mary Scholar (WMSURE)
  • Carl A. Fehr Award
  • James Monroe Scholar
  • Finalist for National Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Award In Media & Entertainment
  • CA Scholarship Federation
  • Spanish Immersion Student & CA Seal of Biliteracy
High School Activities
  • Actor in High School productions
  • Tenor Section Leader in Madrigal Ensemble
  • Co-President of Barbershop and T-Tones (all-male a cappella groups)
  • Mock Trial
  • President of Theatre Council
  • Student at the Studio for Voice
  • Vocal performer at the Southern CA Vocal Association
  • Student director for Café Samo and Public Domain variety shows