Hey guys! My name is Claire and I’m a rising senior at William & Mary. Like most of you, I was drawn to W&M for the strong academics and beautiful campus. However, it was also important to me to know there would be ways to keep up my active lifestyle once I arrived at college. There are so many ways to stay healthy at W&M, but I’ll touch on a few of the ways you can get involved in physical activities.
Since I was on a year round swim team in high school, before I made sure I would have a way to still be a part of the sport I loved before I even applied to W&M. I found the Club Swim Team to be a perfect balance for me. Every week, there are five optional practices for about an hour, as well as three weekly dinners! Being a part of this team has given me a great group of friends in addition to staying active even with my busy academic schedule.
William & Mary has a plethora of club sports teams, with everything from soccer to frisbee to crew to rugby. The club sports programs allow students at any level to join a sports team with several practices a week, compete against other schools, and attend social events like team dinners. Each team has a different number of practices throughout the week, but all clubs have a few team dinners and other social events as a way to bond with your teammates outside of practice time. I’ve loved being on a club team because I’ve had the chance to compete at huge events, like Club Swim Nationals in Atlanta, without struggling to balance athletics and academics. My experience has provided me with some of my closest friends and favorite memories – I can’t recommend club sports enough!
If Club Sports seem a bit too intense to you, Intramural Sports, also known as IMs, are a great way to get exercise with friends you already have! Often times, residence halls or student clubs will for IM teams to compete in a variety of sports, such as indoor soccer, table tennis, and flag football. Teams compete one night a week against other teams in their assigned division and the winning team members all receive a free IM Champions t-shirt! IM sports are a great way to get your hall all together once a week and take a short break from homework, all while getting some exercise!
If you want to stay active but organized sports just aren’t your thing, we’ve got you covered! The Campus Recreation Center was renovated and expanded about 10 years ago, so all of the equipment is new and there’s lots of space for any activity. Not only does the Rec have more traditional fitness equipment, but there are also several squash, basketball, and racquetball courts. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even take a go at our indoor rock wall! The Rec is also open from 7am to 11pm on weekdays, meaning you can workout whenever works for you.
Campus Rec offers other opportunities for students as well. The Rec runs a bunch of great programs, from the Tribe Adventure Program (which includes both the Pathways program and select weekend trips) to weekly fitness classes like yoga and body combat! This year, W&M is excited to announce some classes will be moving into the brand new Wellness Center and ALL group classes will be free throughout the year. Additionally, students can work for Campus Recreation as lifeguards, fitness class instructors, referees, and building managers.
And regardless of the level of physical activity you choose for yourself, all William & Mary students can attend varsity sports events for free! Go Tribe!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you in a few short weeks!
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