We asked several undergraduates to share their experience attending W&M in person or remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic this fall. Here are perspectives from a freshman living in a residence hall, a sophomore attending remotely from England and a senior living off-campus in Williamsburg.
Kami Vigilant ’24
Going from a boarding school where everybody knows each other to a whole new environment was nerve-wracking. I didn’t expect I would know anyone here, but I felt welcomed from the moment I stepped on campus.
A student from my high school is a junior here now and one of my teachers from that school is a graduate student at the School of Education, so I hang out with them. I’m in a sorority as well, Delta Gamma. I went to an all-girls high school, and the whole sisterhood thing is something I was looking for here and I wasn’t sure I would find it at a coed school.
My roommate, Kendal Sanders ’24, is my best friend. We live in Griffin B. I met her over the summer through William & Mary’s new student Instagram page. We’re basically the same person. Our families live 20 minutes from each other near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a few weeks before school started, I asked her if she wanted to meet and get coffee. She wants to work at The Hague and do international human rights law, which is also my dream.
Two of my classes are in person, one is a hybrid and the rest are online. I was prepared for the workload, but some classes are harder than I expected. There were a few days where I was thinking, “I got in, but can I succeed here?” I feel more confident now. Luckily, there are people around who are either taking similar classes or have taken the classes before.