Sam Blakely '15

Sam Blakely '15

Sam Blakely '15

Math major, Computer Science and Economics minor

What do you like about St. Mike's?

I like that you can have an actual relationship with the professors and really know your fellow students. Compared with other college, St. Mike's people are more friendly, the professors more accessible. I think St. Mike's is a really cohesive group of people.

What’s your favorite class?

Intro to Computer Science, and most specifically programming in Java. Also, Linear Algebra and Intro to Philosophy… and The Examined Life with Professor Robert Lair. I also enjoy music. I'm a guitar and piano player, but I also play drums and bass. You can really explore all your interests at St. Mike's and you don't have to pick just one.

Do you have a favorite professor?

Any professor who's open to talking and spending time with students is a favorite professor, and that means all of them.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

We are lucky to have such a nice location. You can see Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield, and all the area in between and the sunset, from the rocks across the street. I like sitting there and just thinking and reading. I also really enjoy is the Alliot cafeteria, where you can just walk in after class and sit with your friends. It's a good social area.

What's one thing you've learned at St. Mike's that's been surprising or inspiring?

All through high school I never had a great relationship with math classes, and my first semester here I had to take calculus as a requirement for economics and I ended up really liking it! With computer science, it was similar. I learned to not limit myself into thinking what I supposedly can and can't do. The best way to find out is to just try it

Summer Research?

We are working with DNA strands that can self-assemble into shapes that can be used for any number of things, including targeted drug delivery for. We're putting together capsules that can hold the drugs and I'm writing software that can figure out how to put together chemicals most efficiently. We're making the design strategies and a group at Cal Tech is making them.

What makes you happy?

Having fun and doing something spontaneous and creative. Recently, my mom and I bought paint and canvass and painted together.

What are you grateful for at St. Mike's?

I'm grateful for the scholarship that allowed me to come here. I'm grateful how the community here is nonjudgmental and open to different types of people, and also the passion that the professors have for seeing their students learn.