Student Profile

Leanne Hamilton '20

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

A friend of mine was looking at St. Mike’s, so I decided to look at it too, and I actually had another friend who graduated from here that loved it. When I visited, it was really comforting and really welcoming, and I just knew I wanted to go here.

What’s one incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?

Probably going on an ice climbing trip earlier in the semester. I’m not a member of the Adventure Sports Program, but a friend of mine saw a flyer for it and asked me if I wanted to give it a try. We decided to go, and it ended up being really great!

What clubs or activities are you involved in on campus?

I just recently joined the Japanese culture club, which has been really cool. A friend of mine introduced me to some anime shows, and I just loved them, so she told me to check out the club and I really like it. I’m hoping to be a tutor at the writing center and maybe an editor the Onion River Review as well.

Have you had a favorite class so far?

Probably my creative nonfiction writing class. I like to write, and being able to write me own piece the way I want and structure it that way I want creatively has been really nice.

Have you had a favorite professor?

Definitely Liz Innis-Brown. She’s really friendly and helpful, and just nice to talk to. She actually helped guide me to become an English major, and she’s my advisor now. I had her for my first year seminar.

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

Kind of, yeah. I expected to wind up spending a lot of time doing homework in my dorm, and I’ve definitely ventured out more than I thought I would.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to hang out with friends, listen to music, draw, watch movies, and just kind do relaxing things to give myself a mental break.

Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?

Probably the first floor of Dion. That’s where I usually do my homework. It’s quiet, and there are nice comfy chairs.

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

I definitely think it has. I feel more independent here, which is really nice, because I get to be my own person. Of course, I love my home and my family, but it’s also really nice to be here and do my own thing.

What was the transition like coming from home to college for the first time?

It wasn’t bad, actually. I was really excited to start college, but I did hate the feeling of being new and being a freshman. Now that we’re into second semester, I think I’m getting more comfortable.

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

Try new things as much as you can. This is your time to be on your own and do your own thing and venture out. Experience whatever you can, because you’ll have a lot of opportunities in college that you might not have during the rest of your life. Step out of your comfort zone and meet new people, but also remember to focus on yourself.

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

Everybody is really close-knit and really nice. I was shocked when I first came here by how many people were so nice and willing to help me. It’s really comforting to know that you have a community that will back you up when you’re hours away from home.

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