What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
What brought me to St. Mike’s was really the open atmosphere and the people. When I came here and visited, everyone was so nice and the vibe just felt really comfortable. I’m a first generation student so I really didn’t know where to start when I was looking at colleges, but I knew I wanted to stay in Vermont. I had some great teachers that had graduated from St. Mike’s that recommended it to me so I looked into the school and visited, and that was really when I chose.
What it like being the first person in your family to go to college?
It’s really interesting. You’re kind of between two different worlds. At home, everyone goes right into a job or jumps right into life after high school, if they finish high school, but here it’s just a totally different world. Balancing the two is a really unique experience, but I really enjoy it. I really like being able to go back home and compare my experiences at St. Mike’s to my experiences there.
What’s one incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?
I remember during orientation weekend, my roommate brought people to our dorm that had lived there last year. They asked how I was doing, how orientation was going, and if I was planning on going to the dance that night, which I wasn’t. They came back later that night and said they weren’t going to leave until I went to the dance with them. That was kind of my induction into St. Mike’s. It’s really cool to have people here that will show you around and welcome you into the community.
What clubs or activities are you involved in, or hoping to get involved in?
I’m involved in the honors program and concert band, and also the Roosevelt Chapter just opened up at St. Mike’s. We’re a groups of students who are interested in state, local, or federal policy and getting it passed. We come together, do research, write policy, and then go and lobby in different areas. I think this year we’re going to the state house in Vermont to try to get some propositions passed. It’s awesome.
What has been your favorite class and/or professor so far?
Definitely my freshman year seminar. I took Human Rights in China, taught by Professor Rowena He, and it was amazing. She came from China, and she actually went through Tiananmen, so she has a lot of first-hand knowledge of it and it was really interesting to hear from her perspective. I think when you’re learning about things that happen in a different country, you have kind of a pre-conceived idea, but having someone that actually lived through it and has first-hand knowledge teach you about it is totally inspiring. That was unlike any class I’ve ever had before. Rowena He would have to be my favorite professor. I’ve taken three of her courses now.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all from what you were expecting it to be coming in?
Yeah, I was really worried about coming to college initially. Not a lot of people that I had been around in my life had ever gone to college or had experiences they could share, so I really didn’t have any set idea and I just wasn’t sure about it. But when I came, everyone was welcoming, professors were absolutely amazing, and classes were great. There’s so much to do, and I’m never bored. There are always places to study, friends to hang out with, or organized events and panels to go to. It’s really cool.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I study a lot, but when I do have free time I like to hang out with friends or go into the practice rooms in McCarthy and play my instrument.
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Either the top floor of Dion or the library.
Do you intend to study abroad?
I’m not sure, but if I decide to I think I’d want to go to France.
Why did you choose to major in what you’re majoring in?
I always really loved history, but I didn’t know what I could do with it. When I was in high school I had a couple history teachers that really influenced me. My high school was an independent high school, so it didn’t have to follow state regulations, and I really got first-hand knowledge about different views and even got the opportunity to help teachers with the curriculum. We got to give presentations and kind of teach ourselves a lot, and I found that I really enjoyed that. After talking to some of my teachers about their experiences, I just realized teaching was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home, and if so how did it become that for you? How was the transition into college?
It was easier than I thought it would be. When I come back to St. Mike’s from being at home, I’m just ready to be back and get back into things and see everybody here, and the vibe on campus really feeds into that. It’s nice to know that you can walk out the door and see people you know every time.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, especially those that are looking into St. Mike’s?
Definitely come and visit. Once you come visit, you’ll know right away whether St. Mike’s is for you or not. The community is so inviting, and it’s something you just have to experience. Whether you’re coming here or not, visit the schools you are applying to if you can.
What do you want to say about the community here, or to your fellow St. Mike’s students?
I hope it never changes! It’s so cool and so inviting, and I love it so much. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.