Why I gave on One Tribe One Day

By Mona Sharaf ’19 March 29, 2017

One Tribe One Day (OTOD) is a day when students, faculty, alumni, parents, staff and friends come together to give back to William & Mary. At the OTOD campus carnival yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to students about why they donated and what the day meant to them.

"I donated to the music department because I have been a member of the William & Mary Women's Chorus since freshman year. Being a member has given me so much more confidence in myself. I just wanted to give back to a program that has given so much to me."

Katie Seifert ’17

"Being on campus for the last four years I have had excellent opportunities to advance myself personally and professionally which is why I donated to a bunch of places. I gave to the Scholarship Impact Fund because I am here on a scholarship and I wouldn't be graduating with such a great degree if it wasn't for scholarships. I also gave back to the athletics department and the field hockey team because I worked with them tirelessly for four years. I also donated to the business school because it is where my degree will be from."

Samantha Slattery ’17

"I donated to my senior class gift which means a lot to me this year because I am a senior and it is a sad time. This place has brought me so many great memories and I just want to give back to the school that has given me so much!"

Vianca Chadez ’17

“I'm a student here on financial aid and I wouldn't be here without it. It's really cool to have the student body and alumni come together on one day to give back and to think about how we can make the school better for everyone, and to support students like me, who wouldn't be here without financial support. It's a fun event and I'm glad I could help make it happen!"

Khaile Forbes ’18

“Though One Tribe One Day is a newer tradition, it’s just as important as Convocation or Yule Log. It's another day where current students and alumni can come together and give back to whatever transformed their four years here.”

Emma Smullen ’19