What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
It’s a funny story. It was actually never on my radar, but then I got the book award my junior year of high school and decided to check it out. Then I came up for a visit and ended up really liking it. It just seemed like they had everything I wanted here. I got a Christmas card and a birthday card from St. Mike’s my senior year of high school, which made a good impression. It made it seem like they really cared about their students, and I really liked that.
What’s once incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?
It’s hard to say, there are so many. Definitely being able to go to Camp Johnson, the National Guard base down the street, through my biology class and do hands-on research is awesome. It’s definitely a unique experience, and it’s great that we get that opportunity in our first semester.
What clubs or activities are you involved in, or hoping to get involved in, on campus?
I’m on rescue. I just completed the rookie period last semester, and I got voted up to probationary member. At the end of this semester I’ll hopefully get voted up to senior member.
Have you had a favorite class or professor so far?
I’m a math and science guy, so any time I have the opportunity to do math and science it’s great. I really enjoyed my general chemistry lab. We got to make aspirin once, which was a really interesting experience. Professor Trumbower was a really cool professor. I stopped in his office all the time to ask for help on papers and whatnot, and he’d just go off on tangents and talk about all sorts of things.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all than what you were expecting it to be?
Yes and no. I had this feeling that college would be all academics and going to class and doing homework, and in that regard the work load has been a little different. I definitely didn’t expect to have all the hands-on research opportunities that I’ve had. Other than that, it’s pretty much been what I expected. There’s been nothing negative.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Right now, usually take naps. Being on rescue, sometimes we have overnights, so sometimes I don’t get any sleep and then I have three classes in a row the next morning. Other than that, just hanging out with friends, playing video games, stuff like that.
Do you intend on studying abroad?
I haven’t thought about that much yet, actually. I was able to do a lot of travelling my freshman and sophomore years of high school. I love travelling, but I haven’t looked at any programs yet. It’s definitely something I’m open to. If I did, I would probably want to go to Ireland. I was there back in 2013 and I loved it.
Why did you choose to major in biology?
I’m on the pre-med track, so biology fits with that. I love science, and in high school I had a really great biology teacher who pushed me in this direction.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
I like hanging out in the dorms, or the fire house if I’m on duty.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?
It definitely has. You don’t really realize it while it’s happening, but then you go back home for the holidays and it just doesn’t feel right. I just love everything about Vermont. I love being in the outdoors, so it’s great to have a lot of access to nature up here, but then to also be so close to a city like Burlington. All the pieces just kind of come together.
How was the transition into college for you?
It was rough at first, but it smoothed out a lot. I was used to not doing homework, coming off of senior year of high school and senioritis, so the first week and all the homework kind of hit me hard, but once I got everything planned out and organized I was fine. Second semester I was able to just get right back into the swing of things like it was nothing.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, especially those that are interested in St. Mike’s?
I’d say definitely consider small schools. You don’t get as many unique opportunities, like going to Camp Johnson, at a big state school. Keep an open mind, and visit the schools you’re applying to. Pictures online just don’t really compare to going there and getting a feel for the vibe on campus and seeing how the students interact.
What do you want to say about the community here, or to your fellow St. Mike’s students?
It’s a great community. People will hold the door for you when you’re like 40 feet away. It’s just expected that you’ll hold the door open. St. Mike’s definitely lives up to the community ideal that they market.