Estes Family 1693 Scholar
Lorton, VA (Hayfield High School)
Why William & Mary
You see, after visiting Williamsburg several times, and driving by the W&M campus, I began to notice the unique architecture of the buildings, and I decided that they looked like castles. And because I was obsessed with castles and princesses and knights, I begged my parents to let us stay in a “castle” instead of the usual hotels. After a few hours of my pestering, my mom finally gave in.
“Bezi, that’s not a castle!” she said, her exasperation clear. “That’s a college, where smart people go.”
Just like that, my eyes were opened and I quickly made the connection. If I was smart, I could go to college in a castle! In my young mind, that decided the matter.
Obviously that was not the end of it. At some point I realized that I needed to make the important decision of which college I would attend based on more than my whimsy, only to do some research and discover that W&M was one of the best schools in the nation.
From then on, every new fact I learned about W&M served to further cement my love for the college. I loved the medium-sized campus and smaller student body because of the opportunity to connect with my professors in a way that I could not in a larger school. I loved that it was close enough to home that I could stay connected with my family, but far enough away that I could begin to assert my independence. Not only did W&M have an amazing law school if I chose to pursue my growing interest in Constitutional law, but its liberal arts focus meant that I could explore my long-held passion for writing and the humanities during my undergraduate years.
In the end, I connected with W&M both academically and on a deeply personal level, and there was no question in my mind that this was where I would spend the next four years of my academic career.
English major and minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Copy Editor for the Flat Hat
- Prose Editor and Assistant to the Editor in Chief for The William and Mary Review
- Secretary for the Media Council
- Tribe Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission
- English department liaison for the Office of Undergraduate Admission
- Independent study on gender in the fiction of C.S. Lewis
I studied Arthurian literature (in the English, Welsh, Scottish, and Icelandic traditions), Roman Britain, C.S. Lewis, and medieval history at The University of Oxford.
Phi Delta Sigma honor society member
- Creative copywriter/web communications intern at The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
High School Activities
- EIC of Hayfield’s News Magazine
- President and Founding Member of Hayfield chapter of National English Honors Society
- Secretary of the National Honors Society
- Sunday School Teacher
- Published a novel, Secrets of Meynch
- National Achievement Finalist and scholarship recipient
- AP Scholar