The Value of Hard Work

Through raising horses and cattle, Will Honbarrier learned the value of hard work. Now at W&M, he is on the Tribe Football team and studying business and health sciences. What has he learned through his IPS and what will he do next?

Outside of the classroom, Will Honbarrier enjoys riding horses.

About Me

I grew up 11 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the no-stoplight town of Goode, VA—home of the Goode Country Store, the Big Otter River, fine "Cheesy Westerns," nice farms with nicer views, and a lot of "goode" times. It was a perfect place to grow up for someone like me who loves to ride horses, hunt, and fish. Through raising cattle and horses, I learned the value of hard work, but especially quality work.

Entering W&M my freshman year, my two main interests were business and health sciences. My Individual Program of Study (IPS) allows me to explore both, as well as the relationship between the two disciplines. I am a Finance major with a concentration in Accounting (and fishing) and a minor in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Through my studies and summer internship at  Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, I was able to see the role business plays in healthcare. Studying Finance and Accounting in the Business School also appeals to my competitive nature because it is such a tough program.  It is a challenge I enjoy tackling every day. 

Growing up I was very involved in athletics, so I came to Williamsburg looking for competitive football and more importantly, reputable academics. I found quite a bit more. Coming here as a proud recipient of the William & Mary Student Leadership Award, I was eager to get involved in the community. I believe strongly that what you learn from experiences outside of the classroom is just as important, if not more so, than what you learn from structured studies.

Will Honbarrier spending time on the field as part of the Tribe Football team.

Impact & Engagement

Playing wide receiver and quarterback, I spent a great deal of my tenure on the field as part of the Tribe Football team. Of course the time commitment was considerable, but I enjoyed the time with teammates who became my great friends and practiced a number of skills that transcend football to a career: leadership, time management, a hard-working mentality, team work, and how to win.

My involvement in athletics led me to take a more active role in the Sports Business Club. As Chief Marketing Officer, I have the opportunity to promote events that raise funds for programs such as Special Olympics, while also helping to create internship and job prospects for other members.

Over the past few semesters, I've also served on the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council. My involvement there is important because it allows me an avenue to help preserve the values that make William & Mary a special place with such a remarkable reputation. The most rewarding part of these experiences is working closely with people from all backgrounds, developing lasting relationships, and honing valuable interpersonal skills during social, academic and competitive interaction.

Will Honbarrier was able to meet with leaders in various industries through his involvement with the Executive-in-Residence Programs.


Beyond studying the concepts and models in business, I had the opportunity to meet with leaders in a number of industries and service organizations through my involvement with the Mason School's Executive-in-Residence Programs and our Walsh Speaker Series on Ethics in the Workplace. 

Spending time with leaders like Aaron Williams (Peace Corps Director), David Heenan (former senior executive with Citigroup and Jardine Matheson), Dane Brooksher (founder of ProLogis), Chris Williams, and Garner Anthony (former Chairman and CEO of Cox Enterprises) adds invaluable impact to my experience. It supplements my in-class learning with an understanding of good business practices, how to be successful and do so ethically, and establishing a good work-life balance. Learning from the successes and failures of leaders in fields that interest me is an exceptional experience.

My interactions with professors helped create these opportunities for me and had a great impact on my experience and success. I appreciate their sound advice and genuine interest in my development.

Next Steps

I accepted a position with a consulting company based in the D.C. area— SRA International. The company provides expertise in National Security, Intelligence and Space, Civil Government, Global Health, and Air Traffic Management and I am excited with the opportunity. Consulting offers exposure to many different industries and people and will help me gain career skills and experience through client interaction. After that, I consider starting a ranch or running for public office.