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Life@W&M - Kate Dooley '21

Life@W&M - Kate Dooley '21

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Week 311 — August 17 - 23, 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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Happy first day of classes, Tribe! I hope that everyone has a great day and has an easy adjustment to Zoom classes. I know my mom was really excited to take my last first day photo. I wanted to talk about my favorite department/classes. The Theatre Department has been such a great place to be a part of. Since it's such a small major, we all know each other and have great relationships with each other and the professors. Theatre classes teach confidence, cooperation, life skills, and feeling comfortable presenting in front of people. I've learned everything from analyzing scripts, to performing scene/improv, how to handle power tools, and this semester I'll be learning different dialects! I've also learned to be confident in my self and not be afraid to commit to the bit. You don't have to be a major or minor to be involved in the department! We are open to everyone to be involved and we're doing all our shows/events on Zoom. No matter where you are, you can get involved. If you're interested and want to a small time commitment, Alpha Psi Omega (@alphapsiomega.wm) is hosting a New Scene Festival. They're looking for writers, actors, and directors for about a week of rehearsal. No experience is required, and anyone who submits an application (found on the Alpha Psi insta) is cast! Find out more info on our insta. It's a great way to find out how amazing our theatre community is. To my fellow seniors, cheers to senior year! @kate.is.lame #williamandmary

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Hey, Tribe! I hope everyone had a great first few days of classes. I wanted to spend some time talking about one of my favorite opportunities that was made possible by #williamandmary Like most people who do a take over, I also studied abroad (@internationalwm). I spent Summer 2019 in Greece with a W&M sponsored summer abroad through the Classics Department. I spent 3 weeks there with other W&M students. It was a very intense time, everyday we were traveling all over the country and going on hikes to see runes. I think we walked over 120 miles during our time there. Even though it was ridiculously hot, it was gorgeous. We visited Athens, Nafplio, Delphi, Olympia, Nemea, Epidaurus, Mycenae, and so many other places. I fell in love Greece and the Mediterranean Sea and I cannot wait to go back. Photo 1: Mount Lycabettus in the background it is the highest point in Athens, Greece Photo 2: View from when we hiked up Mount Lycabettus. Once we got to the top we found out there was a tram that took you up Photo 3: Greece has the most beautiful sunsets. This is the sun setting over the Akrpolis in Athens, Greece Photo 4: The Parthenon! We were lucky enough to go inside and actually ~touch~ it Photo 5: The Theatre of Epidaurus. I write my final for the class about the theatre and did my presentation here. The vest I'm wearing was bought by my mom over 25 years ago in Greece, it finally made it back Photo 6: The castle lumming over Nafplio, Greece. I love Nafplio, it's quaint and right on the sea Photo 7: View of the Mediterranean Sea from the Castle in Nafplio Photo 8: A natural spring in Messene, Greece. One of the largest archeological sites in Greece Photo 9: The Tumulus of Marathon. This photo is going to published in Professor Paga's book about Marathon, Greece so I guess you can say I take decent photos! Tomorrow I'll be sharing about my time in London, England! Cheers, @kate.is.lame

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Hey, Tribe! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. Like I said yesterday, I was lucky to study abroad, and even luckier to do it twice (@internationalwm). I was supposed to spend all of Spring 2020 in London, England, but due to ~unprecedented times~ I spent about 2 months instead. I loved my time in London, and while I'm sad I didn't get the full time, I'm happy to share what I did. The biggest difference between my time in Greece and London were the people. In Greece I was surrounded by other W&M people, while in London I was able to immerse myself more in the culture by befriending British students. Along with my British friends I made American friends from all over the country, and was able to connect with some #williamandmary students as well. I'm lucky enough to stay in contact with them all, even after less then 2 months together and time zone differences. 1: I'm absolutely obsessed with timezones and I was so excited about to standing in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, where timezones are based off of in Greenwich, England 2: Punting on the River Cam in Cambridge, England with friends made while abroad. It was freezing and our punter was not very good, but we loved every minute 3: In Hyde Park in London with three British friends and an Anerican friend made while abroad. We were attacked by birds most of the time 4: I was lucky enough to spend a few days with a British friend and her family in North England. While visiting she took me to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the cutest little beach town 5: I love the beach and being able to touch the North Sea in Saltburn, England was amazing 6: British friends I made abroad and me in York, England. We also went up in the York Minster towers and got the calf workout of a lifetime 7: I was involved in a new theatre production called The Last of Them, and lucky to have some W&M friends in the area come and see it. Yes, I'm covered in fake blood 8: American friends I made abroad and I at the top of the London Eye 9: Did you even visit England if you didn't go to the Warner Brothers Studio and drink butterbeer on the Knight Bus?? 10: Wand fighting, I won... obviously Cheers, @kate.is.lame

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When I was 5 my parents took my brother and I to Williamsburg to visit. For years they joked that they wanted to have a kid go to #williamandmary because the area was so beautiful. When I was 13 I went with my brother for his college tours. We toured W&M, and my brother absolutely hated it, but I fell in love. It was just the right size, the campus was gorgeous, and the people seemed so friendly. My Junior year of high school I went back to tour again to make sure I hadn't put W&M on a pedestal (and actually stayed in a Days Inn Motel that is now called Richmond Hall). Luckily, I hadn't put it on a pedestal and it was even better than I remembered. My Senior year of high school I was sitting in a Dennys after a high school theatre show with my friends when I found out I was accepted into the only college I applied to: William & Mary. Needless to say I screamed in excitement. Starting my Senior year of college, I feel a lot. Excited to be graduating and see friends, but disappointed it isn't the Senior year I was expecting. Ultimately, whatever happens this year I have W&M to thank for all the amazing friends I've made, friends I'll stay in contact with for a lifetime. Thank you all for following this week! This posted is dedicated to all the friends (pictured and not pictured) who've made my experience so fantastic! Have a great first full week of classes and I can't wait to see you all masked up on campus in a couple week! Cheers, @kate.is.lame

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