What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
I’ve been coming to Vermont to ski since I was like 2 years old, but I only just heard of Saint Michael’s last year. I went to a college fair in San Juan, which was where I and I found it. I saw the Smuggs pass, which caught my eye since I love to ski, so then I looked further into it. I took a tour, really liked it, and now I’m here.
What’s once incredible memory or experience you have had here so far?
Everyone is really open, and it a great community. Just being a part of it is a great experience in general, I think.
What clubs or activities are you involved in?
I’m trying out for Rescue. I’m still in the process, but hopefully I make it.
What has been your favorite class so far?
I liked my chemistry class, even though I usually hate chemistry. It’s was a challenge, but I was able succeed in the class, so having to work hard made it more satisfying. Plus, I loved Professor Heroux. He’s definitely my favorite professor. He’s very straightforward and he’s always in his office if you need to talk to him. He’s my first year seminar professor as well.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all than what you were expecting coming in?
I came here with an open mind, so not really. Everything has been great.
Why did you choose to major in Biology?
I’m on the pre-med track, and biology has always been really interesting to me. It’s something that engages me.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?
Vermont always felt like a second home, since I came here to visit so often. But living here is different. It’s definitely made me grow as a person, because I’m so far from my parents and I don’t have that comfort zone, especially since English is not my first language. It’s a learning process.
What it like coming to Vermont from Puerto Rico?
Even though I am a U.S. citizen, I still feel like an international student because the culture is so different. It’s much colder here, which is weird for me because I’m used to summer weather year-round. I like it here, though.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, especially those looking into St. Mike’s?
I applied to around fifteen school, and I would say applying to a lot of schools is not a great idea. Find specific schools that you really want to go to. Be open-minded as well, because I originally wanted to go to another school but I’m so happy I ended up here.
What do you want to say about the community here at St. Mike’s?
Everyone is super nice and open here. People are always smiling.