Hello again everyone! Ally Brimmer here, and a little while ago I wrote about adjusting to your new dorm and your roommate, but now I want to get into fun things to do once you actually settle in at William & Mary! Not only have I spent three academic years at W&M, but I have also spent two summers in Williamsburg, so I am very aware of the variety of what the ‘burg has to offer.
When it comes to W&M students, in their down time a lot of the undergrads here just like to relax with their friends. You can always find people chatting on the Terrace, having a picnic in the Sunken Gardens, reading a book in a hammock, playing pool in the basement of Sadler, or playing board games with their hallmates in their communal lounge. If you want something easy and free to do on campus, then take a load off and just hang out somewhere.
On a nice sunny day, you can always find people on the Sunken Gardens playing frisbee or soccer. Even on cloudy days, you can go to the Rec and find people playing a game of basketball or climbing the rock wall. For those that love sports, sign up for Intramural (IM) Sports perhaps with some of your new friends from your hall or from the organization you recently joined. Sports are a great way to let off some steam and bond with other students. If those kinds of exercise aren’t your thing you could also go kayaking on Lake Matoaka or take workout classes at the Recreation Center like Cardio Dance, Zumba, Yoga, etc.
Being in an a cappella group, a really fun thing I always go to are Wren Tens. Almost every Wednesday of the year at 10:00PM, an a cappella group will perform for 30 minutes on Wren Building Portico. There are always other music events put on by groups like Alma Mater Productions (AMP). They put on Homebrews on select Thursday nights for students to perform music and Fridays at Five where they hire bands to come and perform on the Terrace. Additionally, there is Wham Bam (a jazz band), W&M Wind Ensemble, W&M Orchestra, W&M Choirs, etc. that have concerts year-round.
A no-brainer thing you can do is to stroll down Colonial Williamsburg and take in all the history when you take a photo in the stocks. On Saturday’s there is a Farmer’s Market on DoG Street (with actual dogs everywhere). On campus, AMP holds events like movie screenings. Another typical thing to do is go to a Tribe Sports Game, which are free to students. It’s fun to get all decked out in green and gold and go support the Tribe and maybe take a picture with the Griffin. Now some of Williamsburg’s offerings are a little far from campus, but the WATA bus system can take you everywhere you might want to go. Busch Gardens is fairly close to our campus and you should be sure to take advantage of W&M’s Busch Gardens day in the Fall Semester where we get discounted tickets! Or you could take the bus to visit some of the pancake houses in the area or go shopping at the Williamsburg outlets.
Finally, when it comes for some things to do at night, a favorite of mine is trivia at Brickhouse Tavern. Every Wednesday night at 9:00 PM, Brickhouse holds a popular and crowded trivia night where the winning teams can earn gift cards. So get together with your friends, form a team, get a pizza, and play some trivia. Or you could take the bus over to Movie Tavern and watch a new release while also eating dinner in these big chairs. If you want to do something a little more low-key you could go down to DoG Street for some ice cream at Kilwin’s that always hits the spot.
I’ve listed a bunch of activities, but there is still lots of other things you can and will find to do at William & Mary!
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