This past summer, I spent my break in Williamsburg doing summer research, working as a tour guide, and exploring Williamsburg / learning (unsuccessfully) how to cook with my roommate, Joey. Because of the numerous summer opportunities available to students at William & Mary, I never felt alone in the 'Burg, and I had one of the best summers to date doing what I love most: research. As a research assistant and lab member for several professors in the Government Department, I've developed incredible relationships with faculty, learned invaluable strategies for applying in class material to the world, and been given the liberty to deeply investigate that which I am most interested in. At W&M, research has been a medium through which I've been treated as an intellectual equal, whether offering critiques to professors on their own projects or bringing fresh ideas to the table that are valued and incorporated into important academic work. To get do to that, even as an underclassmen, is just so cool. This summer was an opportunity to take on my own investigation, studying the intersection between political theory and disability studies - a project I found incredibly fulfilling. Although, I never quite mastered how to measure pasta to cook for two people. I suppose your education can only get you so far. - @kristenpopham
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