Five years ago, Phillip Sheldon was standing in a hole he dug while deployed in Afghanistan as a machine-gunner with the Marines. As he stood there, he wondered where life would lead him. Sheldon soon found himself emailing the Office of Undergraduate Admission at William & Mary, hoping to find that answer. “I feel more humbled than anything that I can be here today looking back at that point five years ago,” Sheldon said. Sheldon, 26, aims to major in international relations at W&M — a path he believes he is well prepared for. As he begins a new chapter in his life at the W&M, Sheldon has gotten involved in several ways. He serves as goalie of the ice hockey club team and is running for transfer outreach and liaison positions involving veterans and students.