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Will Torg

Estes Family 1693 Scholarwill_torg


Arlington, VA (HB Woodlawn HS)

Academic Interests

Math, physics and applied science

Why W&M

Even though I am a lifelong Virginia resident, I knew relatively little about William & Mary for many years, besides the fact that I shared half the school’s name and saw signs for the campus on the way to Busch Gardens.

My first meaningful encounter with William & Mary occurred during sophomore year physics class. The teacher, a W&M alum, stood out as a truly brilliant and kind person. Conversations with him about his undergraduate research and physics classes left me tremendously excited for my academic future. 

When college application season arrived, I had a clear picture of what I wanted. I looked at a wide variety of schools: large and small, public and private. Ultimately, I realized that William & Mary had much more to offer than merely sharing my name. In fact, the school offered a unique duality that appealed to my interests and goals. I would have access to abundant research opportunities, both independent and with professors, that were characteristic of a larger university. However, W&M also featured a smaller, close-knit academic community where I would be able to form meaningful connections with faculty.

The 1693 Finalist Weekend demonstrated that William & Mary went above and beyond fulfilling my academic criteria. As I engaged with the 1693 Scholars, I was inspired by the individual stories that their unique combinations of coursework and extracurriculars told. By the end of the weekend, I was sad to leave Williamsburg, but felt an overwhelming, unshakeable sense of having found home. 

High School Activities
  • Varsity Swim Team
  • Model General Assembly
  • Co-Chair of Technology Subcommittee - Student Advisory Board
  • Science Fair Cohort
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Jazz Band
  • Math Tutoring
  • BC Calculus Teacher's Assistant
  • Research Assistant/Intern at Resolution Economics
Awards / Distinctions
  • National Merit Finalist
  • Virginia Summer Governor's School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Regional Science Fair & Society Awards