Student Profile

Megan Dingman '20

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

I chose to come here because we have a great ski program. I talked to the coach here while I was looking at schools, and I just liked this school the best.

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

I think it would be a time when I got together with a group of friends and we were hanging out, and we just got that feeling like, “wow, this school truly has everything we need right now”. It was just a moment of content. Skiing was going well and so was school, and we were truly happy, so it was just a moment of like “wow, I really like this place, I’m really happy where I am”.

What clubs or activities are you involved in?

Right now, I’m currently on the alpine ski team, and women’s soccer as well.

What is it like being an athlete here? How do you balance academics and athletics?

At first, it was definitely a shock, but you get into a rhythm. I’ll wake up, go to class, go skiing or play soccer, and then I’ll have the night to do my homework. There’s definitely a balance that you need to find, but it’s definitely attainable and I think anyone could truly do it.

What has been your favorite class so far?

Definitely Psychology 101. It was one of my most challenging classes and I really had to work hard, which I think is one of the reasons I liked it so much. Ari Kirshenbaum, my psychology professor, has definitely been my favorite professor. You can come in to class, and he is truly more excited than you are. He brings new material in, and he’s always coming up with new ways to explain things, and he takes questions into account.

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

Definitely. I was super nervous coming in. I was afraid of class being way harder than high school and not being able keep up, but honestly it wasn’t that bad. Everyone is in the same boat, so everyone helps each other.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

If I ever have spare time, I just like to wander between rooms in my hall, and hang out and talk to people. We’re all super close on my floor.

Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?

Sometimes, after I’ve had a long day and I’m pretty tired, a bunch of friends and I just hang out in Aliot after dinner and talk for a while. We’re procrastinating, but those are some of the best moments.

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. First semester, I walked in and I was nervous because I didn’t know this place, but as the semester goes on you become more familiar with everything and it becomes your place.

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

For me, I left a lot of things behind, so it was difficult. I struggled and I got a little homesick at times, but what got me through it was making good friends. I think I had to realize that it was a big adjustment, and it was a big change, so that I could just accept it and realize that I was ok and it was fine. After that, I was able to appreciate where I was.

What was it like coming to Vermont from all the way from Utah? How is it different from your home?

I like it here. It’s different in ways that I didn’t expect. I have mountains at home too, but I’m able to appreciate the different type of beauty. I love the lake, and how it’s so close by.

What would you say to prospective student about the college process, especially those looking into St. Mike’s?

I’d say that it’s a great school, and we have a great community. Everyone is truly willing to support each other and help each other. Even if you don’t know the people around you, it’s still a welcoming environment. Everyone is so friendly, and you can truly make friends with anyone. There aren’t any expectations. It’s a place I’m truly happy to call my home.

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