Sample Semester Schedules

One of the best parts of college is being able to create your own schedule. At William & Mary, classes are usually either on Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday. Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes tend to be 50 minutes while Tuesday/Thursday classes are 80 minutes. Labs are longer and scheduled for around 4 hours (most don’t actually last that long). 

Take a look at these sample semester schedules to get an idea of what an average semester schedule looks like!

Sample Fall Semester 


  • Integrative Biology: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Philosophy of Technology: 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Greek Art and Archaeology: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • General Chemistry: 12:00 – 12:50am


  • Integrative Bio Lab: 11:00am – 1:50pm


  • Integrative Biology: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Philosophy of Technology: 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Greek Art and Archaeology: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • General Chemistry: 12:00 – 12:50am


  • General Chemistry Lab: 11:00am – 1:50pm 


  • Integrative Biology: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Philosophy of Technology: 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Greek Art and Archaeology: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • General Chemistry: 12:00 – 12:50am

Sample Spring Semester 


  • Animal Behavior: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
  • America Through the Decades: 2:00pm – 2:50pm


  • Marine Science: 9:30am – 10:50am
  • Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science: 12:30pm – 1:50pm


  • Animal Behavior: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
  • America Through the Decades: 2:00pm – 2:50pm


  • Marine Science: 9:30am – 10:50am
  • Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science: 12:30pm – 1:50pm


  • Animal Behavior: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
  • America Through the Decades: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive Your Freshman Year!

By Caroline Gyure

Entering college as a freshman can feel frightening and overwhelming. It’s easy to stress about managing college classes and making new friends. Yet through these challenges, you’ll find yourself growing and maturing as a person in ways you never thought possible. Though ultimately helpful, these growing pains are still painful, so here are five tips to help you thrive in your freshman year.

  1. Give yourself some grace. You’ll learn so many new skills your freshman year, both in managing your personal life and your academics! You’ll easily manage these responsibilities eventually, but don’t expect yourself to get everything right every time. You might procrastinate on your homework, take a wrong turn and be late for class, or forget an assignment. Be mentally prepared for these little mishaps, but always remember that is all they are: little mishaps. Take responsibility for your mistakes, learn your lesson, and move on!
  2. Schedule in downtime. Mental health is so, so important to everyone at William & Mary! One of the best ways you can keep yourself healthy is by scheduling yourself some downtime. Find a way every week to give yourself a few hours alone to decompress, even if you don’t think you need it – you always do!
  3. Ask people to hang out! Asking someone to hang out is always a little nerve-racking at first but always pays off. Everyone at William & Mary is so friendly, and every other freshman is also trying to make friends. Go ahead and ask your seatmate in your COLL 100 if they want to grab lunch at Sadler! You might just meet a great friend!
  4. Follow each day where it takes you. Some of my best memories at William & Mary so far have been created in moments of spontaneity. When someone asks you if you want to go grab ice cream in CW right now, say yes! Prioritize living in the moment and grabbing hold of all these little opportunities thrown your way!
  5. Read all the emails you get from William & Mary. There will be quite a few emails you’ll be sent from various campus departments – which you can unsubscribe to if they don’t apply to you! But skim through every Student Happenings and department newsletter. They have so much important information in them about guest lectures, fun events, and amazing opportunities!

Caroline is a member of the Class of 2027 at William & Mary, planning to major in English and minor in Management and Organizational Leadership. She​ sings in Barksdale Treble Choir and loves reading and creative writing. When not in class, you can find her studying around campus or at home in Yorktown, VA during school breaks!

All about PATH Registration 

In this upcoming registration cycle William & Mary is implementing a new platform for course registration called PATH! This new platform allows students to build a cart with their preferred classes outside of a timed environment and create an optimal schedule for all students. 

Instead of building a schedule during an alloted timeslot, students can now add courses to a cart with registration priorities and alternatives. They will create a primary cart with the courses of first priority and an alternative cart with backups if not able to register for the first priority classes. PATH then registers students to classes based on the priorities set by students and social class. There will still be tiered enrollment maximums. Then, the add/drop period proceeds after registration has ended. 

Fall 2024 carts open on March 27th and close on April 2nd. Schedules will be released on April 15th and the add drop period begins on April 18th. 

More information on 2024 course registration:

PATH Registration:

How to Study When Tired 

As we’re nearing the end of the semester and work begins to accumulate, stress and procrastination can take over our time. Taking naps and energy drinks might seem like a good solution, but can eventually lead to lots of cramming, stress, and fatigue. Consider trying these strategies to help you effectively study when tired. 

  1. Staying hydrated and nourished

Your body will not be able to focus if it doesn’t have fuel! Make sure you’re drinking enough water and fueling yourself with food to help boost your energy levels.

  1. Take small breaks

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when you’re tired, so taking small breaks during your study sessions can help alleviate any extra stress. 

  1. Change your study area

Let’s face it, the odds of falling asleep after deciding to study on your bed is pretty high. Try switching up your study area whether it be outside for some fresh air or the library to be surrounded by others who are trying to get work done. 

  1. Exercise 

Exercising before you study can help boost your mood and energy levels! It can also help increase focus and you’ll get some movement in!

  1. Prioritize your tasks

Find what is most important to complete and do it first! Ranking your tasks by priority will help you figure out what needs to be done and what you might be able to do later if you don’t get to it that day. 

Tips for Managing Your Time in College

Working two jobs and being a full time student requires a lot of efficient time management. Here are some ways that I approach time management.

  1. Write EVERYTHING out – At the beginning of each week I like to write every single assignment that will be due, what I’m learning in each lecture, any events or important dates that are coming up in the week. I also make a list of what the following week will look like just to have an idea of things that might need to be started this week
  2. Daily priorities – making sure you’re aware of the different importance of tasks can be especially helpful when prioritizing what to get done first. Usually the things that are due earlier are of higher priority.
  3. Prepping the night before – I lay out my outfits, pack lunches, plan out my daily schedule the night before so I don’t have to worry about it the next morning!
  4. Use a visual, digital calendar – I use google calendar for scheduling all aspects of my life. I can easily see what overlaps and time that I can use for studying, what events I have, and add tasks to each day.

My organic chemistry professor, Professor Speight, likes to say: instead of balancing our time, we should create harmony within it. I hope these tips help you find harmony in your day!

The many things I’ve learned from William & Mary, shorted into my top ten

By: Ellie McMahon

  1. Go all in. As a junior, my first (almost) three years have flown by and I’m not really sure how. What I do know is that this time is too short not to take advantage of all the amazing things W&M has to offer!
  2. Prioritize your wellness. In addition to cool FitWell classes, the Rec also has a sauna that works wonders for stress.
  3. Dining hall condiments will be your best friend. Trust me on this, especially if you want food with flavor
  4. The Sunken Garden is best enjoyed with a picnic blanket, hat, and a group of friends. Maybe even a football and sunscreen if you’re feeling fancy.
  5. Never eat a meal alone. This I learned from a W&M alum during an interview; he said that if he could redo anything about his time here, it would be to always eat with new friends.
  6. Don’t be afraid. Of the hard classes, the scary professor, the making new friends. We’ve all been there and made it out the other side.
  7. Comparison really is the thief of joy; it’s important to run your own race.
  8. Don’t forget to call your parents/siblings/loved ones. They’re the ones who helped to get you here!
  9. Embrace your inner TWAMP* because life is more fun that way!
  10. Learn to bleed green and gold, whatever that means for you. William & Mary was never going to be just a four year thing; we’re all in the Tribe for life.

* Typical William & Mary Student

Pros and Cons of Study Abroad 

While study abroad can be an exciting experience, it’s important to consider both the pros and cons when deciding to commit to this big decision.


  • Enhance language skills: Studying abroad provides a unique opportunity to enhance language skills, especially if you are unfamiliar with the local language or have only a basic understanding.
  • Making new friends: Relocating to a new location opens the door to a broader social circle, offering numerous chances to forge meaningful connections and friendships.
  • Exploration of New Opportunities: Being in a different country may expose you to unexpected opportunities in various aspects of life
  • Building Independence: The distance from home necessitates a level of self-reliance, which can help you develop independence and life skills


  • Financial Costs: The considerable expense associated with moving abroad, even for a short duration, can be a significant drawback
  • Language Barriers: Navigating daily life in a country with an unfamiliar language can be challenging and stressful, contributing to difficulties in effective communication.
  • Homesickness: One of the most common challenges of studying abroad is homesickness, as being far from friends and family can lead to a sense of longing and emotional strain.
  • Culture Shock: While immersing yourself in a new culture is enriching, it may also result in culture shock, requiring adjustment to different customs, traditions, and ways of life.

10 College Productivity Tips

  1. Invest in good noise canceling headphones – good for blocking out noisy areas when studying! 
  1. Get 8 hours of sleep each night – sleep is so essential for retaining energy and a clear headspace
  1. Utilize a planning system that works for you – whether it be paper or digital, finding a planning system that works for you helps you stay on track
  1. Take short breaks during your day – make sure to get some fresh air and movement throughout the day! Breaks are equally as important as work blocks
  1. Prepare your things the night before – having everything ready the night before relieves morning stress!
  1. Put your phone on do not disturb during the day – don’t let your phone become a distraction 
  1. Begin and end your day without screens – I love doing this to help me wake up and wind down. 
  1. Break down your assignments into smaller tasks – If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by your assignments try breaking them down into smaller tasks 
  1. Get your hardest work completed first – Eat the frog! Once you get the hardest things out of the way, it only gets easier
  1. Set up a routine / schedule that incorporates time for all aspects of your life (academics, personal time, exercise, etc.) – Possibly the most important thing to do in college! Finding time for everything can be daunting and overwhelming, but making sure you’re not focusing too much on one aspect of your life and taking the time to explore your interests to get the most out of your college experience! 

The Institute for Integrative Conservation 

This past month I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the Institute for Integrative Conservation through my Conservation Biology class! If you’re looking for more research opportunities, try checking out the Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC). The Institute for Integrative Conservation here at William & Mary connects students with research opportunities that solve real world conservation problems!  They have three main ways to get involved: a GIS semester project, semester project, and year long project. Projects are highly interdisciplinary making it a good fit for any major. 

You don’t need to be a conservation major to get involved. Many projects include aspects of chemistry, biology, and business. Doing research projects within the IIC can be a good way to learn more about human interaction with the environment and how to prevent and find solutions to both community and global scale conservation issues.

Students are paired with partners to create, develop, and carry out research projects in order to implement solutions. 

If conservation is something you are passionate about or interested in learning more about, check out the IIC for both research and other opportunities. 

Check here for more information:

Developing Study Schedules 

Creating a study schedule is so helpful for reducing procrastination leading up to exams. Having a set time to study, exercise, go to class, eat, and spend time with others / self time will make sure you’re balancing your time effectively. Here are some study schedules that might be useful for creating your own: 

3 hour study schedule 

8:00 – 9:00: get ready for the day, daily planning, breakfast 

9:00 – 10:00: study block 1 

10:00 – 11:00: break, exercise, extracurriculars  

11:00 – 12:00: lunch

12:30 – 2:00 – class 

2:00 – 3:00 – break

3:00 – 5:00 – study block 2 

5:30 – 6:30 – dinner 

6:30 – 9:00 – clubs, extracurriculars, work

9:30 – 11:00 – self time and get ready for bed 

5 hour study schedule 

7 – 8:30: quiet time, getting ready, reading, breakfast

8:30 – 9:00: plan your day
9:00 – 10:00: class

10:00 – 11:00: exercise 

11:00 – 11:30: lunch 

11:30 – 1:00: study block 1 – hardest tasks 

1:00 – 2:00: class 

2:00 – 3:00: break

3:00 – 5:00: study block 2 

5:00 – 6:30: class 

6:30 – 7:00: dinner 

7:00 – 8:30: study block 3 – review and any smaller tasks 

8:30 – 11:00: self time, get ready for bed

7 hour study schedule 

7:00 – 8:00: get ready for the day, daily planning 

8:00 – 9:00: study block 1 

9:00 – 10:00: class 

10:00 – 11:00: exercise 

11:00 – 11:30: lunch 

11:30 – 1:00: study block 2 

1:00 – 2:00: class

2:00 – 3:00: break

3:00 – 5:30: study block 3 

5:30 – 6:30 – break, dinner

6:30 – 9:30: study block 4 

9:30 – 11:00: self time, get ready for bed