Student Profile

Ethan Brookner

What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?

A number of reasons. I applied to four other schools, all of which were pretty similar to St. Mike’s. When I toured here, I decided really liked Vermont. It was the most exciting option to me because it was farthest from home, and I would also be in the honors program and have the opportunity to ski in college. So, I decided St. Mike’s would be the best option.

What’s once incredible memory or experience that you’ve had here?

I think that was probably this past ski season, getting to race all over different parts of New England. Last Weekend our race was in Maine, and we drove five hours to get up there. Being able to travel and being a part of a team was really great.

What clubs or activities are you involved in, or hoping to get involved in?

Besides the ski team, I’m interested in joining the adventure sports program. I’m not really sure about anything else yet, but I definitely want to get involved with more things. So far I’ve just been unwinding for a little bit since the ski season just ended, but I definitely have to find something to do with all my free time now.

Have you had a favorite class so far?

I’m not at all considering a history major, but I actually really liked my Modern Europe class with Professor Jen Purcell. She was really good professor. It was all based on lecture, but she was a great speaker. She’s probably been my favorite professor so far.

Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all than what you were expecting?

I guess I don’t really know what I expected. I made a lot more friends a lot quicker than I thought I was going to. When I went back home for winter break, I realized that there were only a select group of people that I was friends with back in high school who I really wanted to reconnect with, probably because I got really close to new friends here over the course of those first three months.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to spend time with my friends, but I also like to spend time alone. I like the privacy of being in my dorm. I also like to go to gym or the weight room and work out, just to stay in shape even if I’m not in season. I like to read as well.

Do you intend to study abroad?

Yeah, definitely, if I can with my major. I hope to go somewhere in Europe. Maybe France, Switzerland, Italy, or Norway.

What is it like being on a team here? How do you balance athletics and academics?

I actually think being on a team made me better at staying on top of my work. Since I had such a limited amount of free time, I had to be really sure that I wasn’t wasting any of it and I was getting my work done as efficiently as possible. It definitely made me better at managing my time.

Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?

Probably the third floor of Dion. That’s where I do all my homework.

Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?

Yeah, I think so. Last semester, I went through a little bit of homesickness before I went home for thanksgiving break. But later when I went home for winter break, I was really glad to be home at first but by the end of it I was really ready and excited to go back as well. I think the people and the friends I’ve made have made it feel more like home.

What was the transition into college like for you?

I already knew one person who goes here, because there was another guy on the ski team from Minneapolis, so we met over the summer and were already friends. Then once I was able to meet the rest of my teammates, I automatically had a group of friends. Meeting people on my floor and their friends and becoming a part of that big connection of people also made it easier to get to know people, which makes the transition easier.

What is it like coming to Vermont all the way from Minneapolis? How is it different?

It’s not super different. Minneapolis is a major city, it’s about ten times the population of Burlington, but the political climate is really similar. The biggest difference is probably that there are mountains here.

What would you say to prospective students about the college process in general, especially those that are interested in St. Mike’s?

I would recommend not stressing out about your application. Just try to get it done sooner rather than later, because you’ll have a better chance of getting in and then you’ll be able to focus more on your last year of high school. Also, be genuine in your essay, and don’t worry too much about the SAT or ACT.

What do you want to say about the community here, or to your fellow St. Mike’s students?

I just really enjoyed my first semester and a half year. It’s gone by really quickly, probably because I’m having a lot of fun. I’m excited for this next summer, but I’ll be really excited to come back after that.

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