Botetourt Welcome Message

Greetings from The College of William & Mary!

A Message from your Area Director:

To all students, parents, family and friends, I want to personally offer my welcome to you for the upcoming year. My name is Cynthia Brauch and I am your Area Director. You might ask yourself, what is an Area Director?  I am a full-time live-in staff member of the College with a Master’s Degree. I have worked in Residence Life for many years, so I have extensive experience in student housing and in working with the issues and concerns of our residential students. Overall, I am responsible for the day-to-day activities that occur in the area.

Living in a residence hall can be a time of great excitement and challenges! As Residence Life staff, it is our responsibility to ensure that we offer support to our students while encouraging their independence and personal responsibility. With many student staff members in this area, we offer a great deal of information and guidance. We are also known for having a tremendous amount of fun. I can assure you -- there is never a lack of something to do. One of the greatest ways to be involved is to be a part of Hall Council--the governing body for the residence halls. It is also a fast way to make new friends and offer input about your building.

At this point in the year, students are often thinking about how to prepare for the upcoming year. Please review the Residence Life website for information that can help in this process. I understand that sometimes it is necessary to speak to someone directly. I encourage you to contact me should you have any questions.

Welcome to all our new students, and welcome back to our returning students! I look forward to your arrival in August!

Cynthia Brauch
Area Director

Dear Future Residents,

Welcome to the College! We are so excited to have you as our residents next year! Your future Resident Assistants (RAs) and Head Residents (HRs) hail from as far away as Denver, Colorado, though many of us are in-staters, and we’re thrilled to make this place as much a home for you as it has become for us. Many of us have ourselves lived in Botetourt, so we would love to take the opportunity to share some of our favorite things about the area as well as some tips on how to make the most of your freshman experience here.

First of all, Botetourt (pronounced Bah-tuh-tŏt, like “tater tot”) has a great location! It’s tucked away in the woods, right next to Lake Matoaka, so the dock and gorgeous trails are a hop, skip, and a jump away. Botetourt is also a stone’s throw from the Caf, the College’s largest and most popular dining location, the Rec Center, the tennis courts, and Swem, one of America’s top ten university libraries as rated by the Princeton Review.

Secondly, the buildings in Botetourt have great amenities. The halls have fewer people than the average freshman hall, helping to foster a sense of camaraderie and community. In addition, the kitchens in Botetourt are enormous, and each has a built-in dining booth that’s perfect for sharing a meal with your newfound friends. Botetourt’s halls are also all equipped with air-conditioned lounges that have comfy chairs and couches, televisions with cable connections, desks for studying, and various entertainment amenities! Outside the Botetourt area, there are large courtyards with picnic tables, ideal for enjoying the beautiful Williamsburg weather while doing homework or just hanging out.

As far as packing goes, don’t forget a shower caddy and shower shoes, because Botetourt has shared hall bathrooms. You may also want to bring a water pitcher or reusable water bottle since there are no sinks in the rooms. We also highly recommend waterproof boots (when it rains here, it pours), and a personal microwave and refrigerator so you don’t have to hike downstairs to the kitchen every time you want a snack. Basic cleaning supplies, like paper towels, Clorox wipes, and Febreeze will come in handy, too. Laundry detergent pods often do not work well with our washing machines, so we recommend liquid detergent.

Through Self –Determination we will make Botetourt a home away from home! Please check out the video to learn more about what that means, and get ready to be involved with hall council!

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Now that you’ve learned about all of the amazing things that Botetourt has to offer, we would just like to give you a few parting words of advice. First, we recommend getting in touch with your roommate(s) over the summer to learn their likes and dislikes and to work out who is bringing which essentials. Second, be on the lookout for Facebook pages for Botetourt, your building, or even just your hall. Third, if you have anything to ask, feel free to contact us using the email addresses below.

Botetourt is a vibrant, diverse community of individuals, and we’re excited to welcome you to it. Have a great summer, and we’ll see you in August!

Best wishes,

Your future RAs and HRs

The Botetourt Residence Life Staff
(click here to learn our names)