William & Mary

Professor Ray McCoy, Kinesiology & Health Sciences Department

Professor Ray McCoyThe advising program links students to faculty throughout their time here at William and Mary. The freshman and transfer students get to talk to a faculty member even before they begin classes. Advising in the major is very important, because it provides the opportunity for students to ask faculty about courses, internships, graduate schools, and careers that the student may pursue.

I encourage each student I advise to "give yourself a chance to succeed." This translates into taking courses in the right order while trying to avoid taking on too much. This allows the student to do well in class while at the same time enjoying the learning experience.

Quite often, internships and volunteer opportunities are the most influential experiences that shape a student’s choice in selecting a career path. And once the career path has been determined, it is easy to select the courses needed to prepare for the career.