Thank you for every opportunity to challenge myself, every snippet of information I’ve learned, and most of all for every professor, staff member, and friend I’ve met here. My name is Bill Zito and I’m a member of the Class of 2016 from Severna Park, Maryland, but Williams is my home.
Starting as a prospective pre-med Psychology major, I have gradually shifted to Political Science, although I’ve explored nine different disciplines and will certainly explore more before my time here is done. I’ve enjoyed each class I’ve taken, and am disappointed that I only have eighteen left after this year.
Outside of class, I help lead Kinetic, an action-oriented think tank of 65 students working to design and implement solutions to national and international problems. Also, I am co-president of Lehman Community Engagement, helping Williams students lend a hand to local nonprofits and farms like the Berkshire Food Project. When I came to college, I wanted to work with students who were passionate about changing the world for the better, and I’m thankful that I’ve found more interested classmates than I could have ever hoped for.
In my spare time, I love going to my friends’ a capella concerts, sports games, plays, talks, and recitals. I play pick-up soccer, tutor at Brayton Elementary school, and am trying (so far unsuccessfully) to teach myself how to sing. Thanks to you, I have also been lucky enough to go to Italy with the men’s soccer team, the streets of DC for an alternative spring break trip, and Boston for the Millennium Campus Conference. I am grateful for each of these opportunities, but even more so for the new people I meet every day that inspire me to be a better person. Whether I am in a new country next year, or a new entry, I cannot thank you enough for your support in helping me achieve my dreams.