What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
I only live a little over an hour away from St. Mike’s, and I had no idea where to start in my college search. I ended up applying to eight schools, and I didn’t even really think much of St. Mike’s. It was just a school that I felt like I had to apply to because it was in the area, and it was near UVM, where I also applied. Then I did a tour here, and immediately fell in love with it. Once I got on campus, it just felt like home. I’d been on a hundred different tours before and they all felt exactly the same; they were mundane and a little awkward, but I never felt that way when I came to St. Mike’s. It was just instantly comfortable, and it felt like what college should have felt like to me. So I just knew that this was where I was going to go.
What is one incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?
I’ve had tons of memories with my friends that I’ve met here, and I feel like I’ve instantly made lifelong friends, from the first weekend that I got here. One of the first experiences I had here was actually during orientation weekend, where I went with a small group of students to the local Dismas House, and we made a dinner and dessert for the residents there. It was really nice to get involved In the MOVE program right away, which was one of the things that actually drew me to St. Mike’s.
What clubs or activities are you involved in, or are there any clubs you are hoping to get involved in?
I’m involved in Business Society, Founders society, Random Acts of Kindness, the honors program, and I’ve been involved in MOVE a little bit, but I definitely want to sign up for more things and get more involved with it. I’m hoping to maybe become a project leader at the end of this year or next year.
What has been your favorite class so far?
I’ve been loving my abnormal psychology class. I’m a psychology major, and it was a really exciting class to take as my first psychology elective. My other psychology classes have all been research methods and statistics, which is not quite the psychology that I was looking for. I also really enjoyed my first year seminar, which was a class that I didn’t think I was going to enjoy; I was thinking it was a class I was just going to have to get through and get over with. But then I really ended up connecting with the professor and all the other students, and I ended up looking forward to that class every week.
What about a favorite professor?
Professor Liz Innis-Brown was my first year seminar professor, and she really got to know all her students, which is customary for the first year seminar but I think she really went beyond. We had individual meetings with her, and she got to know all of us and suggested things on campus for us to do. She was kind of my first look at a St. Mike’s professor, and how they tend to go beyond the classroom and really connect.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I end up doing a lot of homework, but other than that, I like to hang out with my friends, which we do in the student center and in our dorm rooms. We have movie weekends, and we like to explore the Burlington area and go to Church Street.
Why did you choose to major in what you’re majoring in?
My ideas for majors have flipped around a ton. I’ve gone back and forth like crazy. But I took an intro to Psychology class last year, and I just fell in love with it. I didn’t expect to; I thought it was just going to be one of those intro classes to get though, but I loved learning about the way the mind works and how it can be applied so much in real life in every single field that you can go into. I love learning about research studies and cases, and things that I would have thought were boring before I actually started studying them. It completely opened my eyes, and I don’t think I’ve ever loved anything as much as I love psychology. Business just gives me a lot of practical skills for my life, so I thought that that would be a good pair for psychology, just because it can apply to a lot of different careers and I’m not sure what career I’m going into yet. Business can help you with everything, because you’re going to have to deal with finances and other people in businesses no matter what you have to do. Art is my passion, so that’s why I’m minoring in it. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved to draw and do crafts, so it’ll be a good supplement for everything else. It’s exciting to be able to do it in a professional environment.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you? How was the transition into college for you?
Originally, when I thought about college I had a lot of mixed emotions. I was super excited to have a new adventure and be out on my own for the first time. I came from a town where you go to kindergarten with the same kids you graduate with, so I was really excited about going somewhere where I didn’t know anyone. However, I was also really nervous about it. I didn’t know how it was going to go, because I had a ton of friends in high school and I was sad to leave them, and I didn’t know how meeting so many new people at once would go. I didn’t know if St. Mike’s would feel as comfortable as being at my high school did. But I was so surprised, because it feels so much more comfortable than I ever have been. St. Mike’s is so much more of a home to me than I ever though it would be, and my college experience has been better than I ever thought it would be. I feel like I’ve known the people that I’ve met here since I was there years old, because we are just as close as my friends from home. It feels like we’re a family. The community at St. Mike’s is so unique and so different, and I could not have made a better choice.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, especially those who are considering applying to St. Mike’s?
Definitely visit. I had no idea what I was looking for, and being on campus and walking around was what sold me. To really understand what the environment of a place is like you have to go there. Looking online won’t give you the same experience. Take a tour, talk to people and learn about their experiences, and see if you can envision yourself where they are. Once you walk onto the St. Mike’s campus, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.
What do you want to say about the community here, or to your fellow St. Mikes students?
The sense of community here is so strong, I think if it was to pick one word to describe St. Mike’s it would definitely be community. That’s such a common thing with everyone that I talk to on campus. All of the people that I run into, whether students or professors, are so friendly and so willing to have a conversation with you, or go on a random adventure with you, even if you just met them. I think that’s what makes St. Mike’s unique.