William and Mary is a community where instead of being excluded for my differences, I’m celebrated. I love that! I never feel out of place, here. I always find someone who can relate to me or who gets excited about the same things I’m excited about and I love that celebration of differences. It builds confidence and it makes me feel comfortable being myself. I don’t feel like I have to pretend to conform to certain image people have, like about what it is to be black or a public policy major. I can create my own path. I never feel scared to say I’m having a hard time, here. I feel like the students here would pick me up if I needed help. Someone would study with me if I was struggling with classes, or find another way to help me out. That did not happen in my high school, because we were competitive. Here, though, we work together to achieve our goals.