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Life@W&M - Sarah Farney '21

Life@W&M - Sarah Farney '21

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Week 316 — October 19- October 25, 2020 This account showcases "a week in the life" of our amazing students, faculty, and staff and features the range of opportunities and activities available both on campus and off.

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Hey hey hey it’s #WhyGammaPhiWednesday !!Gamma Phi Beta was the first organization I joined at #williamandmary and I couldn’t imagine my college experience without it. The women in Gamma Phi constantly inspire me and push me to be a better version of myself. Here’s a (not-so-short) list of all of my favorites from Gamma Phi: 1. GOAT fam!! You guys are my best friends and biggest cheerleaders and I’ve leaned on you so much throughout college. Thank you for always saying yes to Thai food and Paul’s cheese fries for lunch and being just as crazy competitive as I am at assassins<3 (pics 2/3) 2. Serving as Philanthropy chair in 2019 to help raise money for Girls on the Run. I had so much fun planning Moonball (pic 4) and Gamma Phire (pic 5), and empowering middle school girls is a mission near and dear to my heart 3. Being a recruitment counselor—shout out to my wonderful co Elise (pic 6) and the best recruitment group eva (pic 7). We really do have 10 incredible NPC sororities on this campus in addition to the 2 incredible NPHC sororities and the Latin-based Greek org SIA 4. Living in the house with the best roommate. I miss prank wars, late night wawa runs, and the best couch naps. Definitely do not miss the roaches 5. Traveling to Nashville with all of exec last January for a leadership conference. I learned so much about my personal leadership style and values, and made some amazing (sleep deprived) memories (pic 8) 6. Every ridiculous costume (pic 9) Being president of a sorority during a pandemic was never part of my college plan, but I love the people in Gamma Phi so much I’d do it all over again. If you made it this far, thanks for reading and props to you! PSA: if you want to help us build strong girls, register for our virtual 5k taking place this weekend (info in pic 10) -Sarah (@sarah.farney)

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This post is dedicated to AidData, a research lab here at #williamandmary that works to make development finance more effective. I got involved with AidData last summer as an intern on the Transparent Development Footprints (TDF) team. TDF uses a methodology to track foreign aid from China and Gulf donors because these countries don’t report their foreign aid to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). I specifically worked on tracking foreign aid from China to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands! I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to intern with AidData this summer and to continue working as a research assistant this semester. I was nervous to start a new job virtually (and I’m not going to lie—learning to navigate the financial documents and methodology was challenging at first), but all of the project managers were incredibly helpful navigating online training. I’ve learned so much about different agreements between countries, types of loans, financing structures, and international development broadly. Also, the Global Research Institute hosted some very helpful resume workshops, coffee chats, and networking events. The coolest part of working for AidData is knowing that my work will be included in a data set that helps the United States better allocate its foreign aid. If you’re interested in international relations or development I highly recommended applying to AidData! -Sarah (@sarah.farney)

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Happy Friday!! This post is dedicated to all of my Williamsburg favorites and #williamandmary experiences not related to clubs/activities. Last spring, I found myself missing campus traditions and comforts (like Wren 10s and parmesan and leek croissants from the grind) more than anything else. First up: food! I would probably eat Aromas poached eggs and grits every day if I could afford it. I don’t have a go-to Aromas coffee order (because everything they make is amazing), but I recommend trying Chaider—it’s a mix of chai and apple cider and it tastes like fall. My other favorite Williamsburg restaurants are Oishii, all three Thai restaurants on Richmond road, Kilwins, and of course Wawa. It’s also my personal goal to eat at every Williamsburg pancake house before I graduate. Next up: experiences! I think the a cappella community here at w&m is so cool (even though I could never join because I’m tone deaf). I haven’t missed a showcase and I enjoy Wren 10 study breaks on Wednesday nights. One of my favorite experiences was a women in the weight room class I took my sophomore year. I learned a new type of exercise and got over my fear of the weight room. I also love cycling and bodypump classes at the rec. Finally, Busch Gardens Day and Busch Gardens Christmas Town are both so. much. fun. Last but not least: traditions! One of the best parts of going to a school this old is all the traditions. Yule Log is by far my favorite, and I’m hoping to come back and experience it again when it’s safe. I also love the raft debate, and I’m hoping to see the social sciences win this year (maybe over zoom???). One of the most important lessons I’ve learned at William & Mary is how to manage my time. Not overcommitting myself has been very helpful for my mental health. While it can be tempting to join 100 organizations (because we have so many great organizations), I recommend leaving time in your schedule to really enjoy William & Mary. Being involved in clubs and holding leadership positions are not the only ways to get involved on campus! -Sarah (@sarah.farney)

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