Today is a very special day because I’m officially announcing where I’m going to law school on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know, but if you don’t I’m thrilled to announce that I will be attending….drum roll please…WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL. I’m so excited about this decision and I feel like it’s definitely the best fit for me out of the schools I was admitted to. I was admitted to six schools, wait-listed at two, and rejected from a few of the most competitive schools in the country. I kind of had a good feeling about William and Mary from the beginning of the application process, but I wanted to still keep an open mind just in case.
When I visited the school, however, for admitted students day, I knew within about 20 minutes that I had to go. I loved the prospective students, the upbeat vibe of the school, the supportive nature of the staff and faculty, and the opportunities I would have as a student! Everything felt right, and I was really at home and happy. When the Dean of the school spoke to us, he said we needed to choose the school that made us feel most at home, and for me that was William and Mary. He also spoke about wanting to know every student, and that the faculty really wants to see us become successful lawyers, which I liked.
So, here are my top five reasons that I chose William and Mary Law:
- The small class sizes – coming from a small liberal arts college, I want to go to a law school that is supportive, community-based, and where I can establish good relationships with my professors.
- The student body – everyone is friendly. And that’s not an overstatement. Everyone I met, whether a current student, prospective student, faculty member, etc. were so friendly and it made my jitters about being unfamiliar with the place go away.
- The best value education – law school is a very expensive investment. William and Mary gave me a good scholarship, and had the lowest tuition of all the schools I applied to, even though the education is top-notch. I really don’t want to be in debt in my life, and so choosing a law school that was a good price while also receiving an amazing education was important to me.
- Williamsburg – I’m a huge history buff, and I love small towns that are close to cities. I’ve also always wanted to live on the East Coast, perhaps because I was always attracted to shows and things that took place there, but I have a certain fascination with it. I fell totally in love with Williamsburg while visiting!
- Feels Like Home – I’m moving across the country to go to school at William and Mary, by car it’s 2,875 miles. That’s a big deal for me because I’m really close to my family. If I’m going to move, I don’t want to notice the distance constantly. When I was visiting, I felt totally at home, and to me that was most important because I didn’t want to be uncertain about being so far from home. I was at ease the whole visit, and was sad to leave.
So, those are my top reasons for choosing a school, and I think as a general aside, the factors I listed are important factors to consider when making decisions about schooling, whether at the undergraduate level or graduate level.
I’m so happy to finally be able to share where I’m going. I was so scared about not getting in anywhere when I initially applied to schools, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision.