Introducing the Marine Science Major

Earlier this spring, William & Mary began action on the proposal for a marine science major. The university currently offers a marine science minor, but this new offering will expand the opportunities in both curriculum and research, and study-abroad opportunities.Even more exciting, this program will be the first public undergraduate marine science degree in Virginia!

In conjunction with William & Mary’s School of Marine Science and The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), this program proposes a marine science immersion semester at VIMS. This would allow for experiential learning through various research and internships during students’ junior year. While not officially approved yet, it is hoped to have the program introduced in the fall of 2025. This new major will be a stepping stone to increasing marine science offerings in higher education. 

Read more about it here:

 Brain Power Foods 

Contrary to the belief of most college students, coffee and energy drinks are not the best way to boost brain performance. Check out these healthy and delicious foods that have been proven to help increase memory, concentration, and energy:

Blueberries: Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. They can also reduce inflammation in the brain! 

Salmon: Fatty fish like salmon are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which play a vital role in promoting new brain cell formation. 

Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help improve blood flow to your brain. It also can stimulate the release of endorphins to release stress! 

Oranges: Oranges contain lots of vitamin C which supports the production of neurotransmitters which are essential for communication between brain cells. Vitamin C in these fresh fruits also helps boost your immune system! 

Nuts: Nuts are a great snack filled with healthy fats, protein, and vitamins! 

Avocados: Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats which help maintain blood flow to the brain. They are also rich in potassium which supports nerve function! 

Bananas: Bananas are a super quick and easy snack filled with lots of nutrients including vitamin B6 and potassium! These nutrients help regulate mood and enhance concentration. 

End of Semester Events

April 27 – Spring Concert 

This year’s spring concert presented by AMP & Student Assembly will be this Saturday April 27th! Come enjoy the lively music of COIN and K CAMP. Tickets are currently $10 for general admission and $15 for floor. 

May 1 – Senior Signing Day Celebration 

If you’re a graduating senior, visit Sadler Tidewater A&B May 1st from 11am to 1pm to collect a cord to wear for graduation! There will be food, prizes, and lots of fun! Make sure to complete the My Experience Portfolio on TribeCareers and RSVP to claim your graduation cord. 

May 1  – Spring Puppy Palooza

Looking for a break from studying for finals? Visit the Sunken Garden on May 1st to cuddle with service dogs and learn about Canine Companions! The Pre-Vet Club has partnered with this organization which is dedicated to training service animals for those with disabilities! 

May 3 – Last Day of Classes! 

Everyone’s favorite day, the end of classes! Enjoy the celebrations around campus and if you’re a graduating senior, don’t forget to ring the bell! 

May 5 – Senior Spring Brunch

Graduating seniors are invited to brunch at the Alumni House on May 5th from 11am to 2pm. Reserve your spot to learn more about your transition into alumni and receive a custom engraved glass! 

Daily routine ideas based off energy levels

Our energy levels often fluctuate in college which creates challenges maintaining productivity and balance in our day. There are days where we wake up ready to complete all tasks on our to-do list, while others find us wanting to sleep all day. Instead of fighting against these fluctuations, understanding and embracing how we feel can be a beneficial way to optimize productivity, efficiency, and well-being. Try these three different daily routine ideas that adapt to your energy levels which can help to avoid burnout.

Low energy

  • –  Begin day with reading, journaling, or anything that will create a relaxing start to your day
  • –  Do schoolwork in small increments, taking lots of breaks in between and tackling large assignments in smaller tasks
  • –  Prioritize fueling your body with lots of water and food
  • –  Try to take a walk or move your body for an energy boost
  • –  Have a reasonable cutoff time for work to have time for yourself before bed Medium energy
  • –  Begin day with planning to organize what you’d like to accomplish
  • –  Do schoolwork in alternating large and small time blocks, tackle the hardest tasks first
  • –  Make sure you have time for going outdoors for fresh air

High energy

  • –  Begin day with planning or jump straight into work
  • –  Take time to exercise for a break and energy boost
  • –  Do work in large blocks, tackling the hardest tasks first
  • –  Make sure to wind down at night to get a good night’s rest

What I’ve Learned This Semester

This semester has taught me a variety of things from how to draw an organic molecule from IR spectroscopy to how a black hole is formed. One of the main reasons why I chose William & Mary, (beyond the fact that the campus is both beautiful all seasons and academics are top notch), is how the university fosters a holistic education. We learn things both inside and out of the classroom and William & Mary provides a fantastic environment to foster this growth.

Being someone who learns by experience, I have always committed myself to expanding my knowledge in my variety of passions. This semester I took on four challenging science courses, a full time job as a professional dancer at Busch Gardens, a part time job writing these blog posts, managing my own social media account, and a polarization research study with a professor. It hasn’t been the easiest to manage everything all at once, but even the toughest days have taught me something.

Not everything you learn in college will be monumental. Sometimes it’s the smaller things that make the biggest difference. While this semester I’ve learned about the life and death of a star in my Stellar Astronomy & Cosmology course with Professor Armstrong, how to handle zebra finches for research with Professor Swaddle, and more knowledge about yeast genetics then I’d ever thought I’d know in my Genetic Analysis class with Professor Kersher, I think the most important lesson I’ve learned this semester is the importance of resting.

In the previous semester, I pushed the limits of my own productivity and at times forgot to set aside time for myself. In a world that revolves around constant productivity, it can be easy to forget to look after ourselves first. Taking advantage of downtime for the purpose of resting and recharging has allowed me to pursue all of these opportunities. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing opportunities, but I knew going into this semester I’d burnout quickly if I didn’t take time to rest. In these past three months I’ve prioritized wellness in order to best prepare myself for the stress that comes with a packed schedule which has allowed me to continue to grow and learn more during my time in college.

All of this is facilitated by having a stellar support system. Leaning on resources that William & Mary has to offer whether it be professor office hours, the wellness center, or just the sadler ice cream machine, it’s easy to find ways to get some extra support here at William & Mary.

We are constantly learning, growing, and evolving. Take the time to appreciate what opportunities are around you and don’t forget to rest!

The Ultimate W&M bucket list

Graduating soon or looking for a list of things to do before you finish your time here at William & Mary? Use this list as a guide to the must-do things in and around W&M before graduating! 

  1. Take a class in the Wren Building
  2. Have a picnic in the Sunken Garden 
  3. Attend a football or basketball game  
  4. Go on a run through Colonial Williamsburg 
  5. Attend an AMP concert 
  6. Get a library card at the Williamsburg Library 
  7. Go for a late night snack at Wawa 
  8. Get a massage at the Wellness Center 
  9. Pet the Swem corgis in the library
  10. Kayak on Lake Matoaka 
  11. Walk over Crim Dell Bridge with your significant other 
  12. Do brunch with friends at a pancake house 
  13. Swim in the pool at the rec 
  14. Spend your saturday morning at the farmers market 
  15. Attend a fitwell class at the rec 
  16. Utilize the career center for resume help 
  17. Make an ice cream sundae at Sadler 
  18. Attend a yoga class at the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheater 
  19. Eat lunch at the Cheese Shop in Merchant Square 
  20. Collect free school swag from various events to remember your time in college!

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!

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.