What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
Both my uncle and father attended Saint Michael’s College, so that put the school on my radar. Eventually it came down to Northeastern University and St. Mike’s, and since I don’t like living in cities and I don’t like larger schools, St. Mike’s was the clear choice. Having been here for over a semester, I am sure I made the right decision.
What’s one incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?
I remember towards the end of first semester I was in my girlfriend’s dorm with all of our friends and I sat back and realized that though I had actually only met them a few short months ago, I felt like I had known these people for years. The friendships I have formed at St. Mike’s are like no other.
What clubs or activities are you involved in, or hoping to get involved in, on campus?
As of first semester I was not actively involved in any clubs, because I wanted the adjustment to college life to be as seamless as possible, and so I was focusing on my studies. However, I hope to become involved in the Chemistry Club and Green Up very soon. Last semester I did participate in correctional volleyball, and I went with a small group to the nearby correctional facility and played volleyball with a few of the inmates. The experience was super unique and I had a blast!
Have you had a favorite class or professor so far?
My favorite class so far has definitely been General Chemistry. Coming into college I was a declared Biology major, but I found General Chemistry so engaging that I have actually officially switched my major to Biochemistry. My favorite professor has definitely been Professor David Heroux, the General Chemistry professor.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different from what you were expecting coming in?
Coming into St. Mike’s, I knew the community was going to be tight knit, though I did not know that it was going to be this amazing. Absolutely everyone here is wonderful, and I’ve never been surrounded by such a large body of caring, accepting people. That’s what I was looking for in a college, and I certainly found that here.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I am not in class or doing homework, I find myself hanging out with friends, running, or going to the gym. On the weekends, the best place to be is Church Street in Burlington, as there is always something to do there.
Why did you decide to major in what you’re majoring in?
Coming into college I was undecided of whether I wanted to be a physician or do lab work. I knew I wanted to work around medicine, but after my General Chemistry course, I decided that I definitely wanted to focus on the Chemistry of medicine and do lab work. Ideally, I hope to find a job in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical lab right out of college, and after working in the field for a few years, I hope to go to graduate school to earn an even higher degree, opening my options in my field even more.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
My favorite place to hang out is the dorms. Even though the freshman dorms get made fun of, I love when all my friends are packed into a room laughing together.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If yes, how did it become that for you?
I definitely feel that Saint Michael’s has become my home away from home. In fact, sometimes it feels like my first home. I feel so comfortable and at ease here at St. Mike’s. More than anything, the body of students that make up the College are what creates this feeling, and the transition from living at home to living away from home was so much easier than I could have imagined.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, especially those looking into St. Mike’s?
Although the college-selecting process is incredibly involved and stressful, put in the time and effort into finding the school for you, because ultimately, you have to love the school you end up in. If you’re looking for a strong education, a loving community, and the best college years imaginable, definitely spend some time looking at St. Mike’s.
What do you want to say about the community here?
Overall, St. Mike’s has one of the tightest, most loving communities I’ve ever witnessed. The people that make up this school – both students and faculty – are all wonderful people.