Student Profile

Shannon Conroy '15

Chemistry and Physics double major

How did you discover St. Mike's while living in California?

A friend of mine on the ski team told me about St. Mike's.  It's been a great experience for me on the ski team, as well as academically and socially.

What's your favorite class?

I enjoy challenging classes, like physical chemistry and modern physics, I was going to be just a chemistry major, but I enjoy physics so much that I decided to add that as a major.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

North Campus is the hidden gem of the residence halls. I lived there for two years and it's very laid-back and doesn't feel quite so hectic.

Off campus?

The mountains. I like going hiking or skiing at Stowe and Smugglers' Notch. I'm on the ski team, and I've done the sea kayaking through the Wilderness Program.

What inspires you at St. Mike's?

The willingness of the professors to do so much to help you succeed.

How do you give back to the community?

I tutor chemistry and physics. I've done a few MOVE activities, too.

Have you had an internship?

My first summer research project was looking at how a single dye can change color depending on which solvent it's placed in. It's essentially a learning tool to help students understand more about these solvent interactions. Several other projects through the summer are all about working on physical chemistry experiments and curricula so future students will have the best experience to understand what's going on and better grasp the concepts they're learning.

What makes you happy?

I'm really driven towards success, so whenever I do my best or really grasp a concept, it's always rewarded. I like to spend time with good people, doing things I like to do.

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

I transferred to St. Mike's as a sophomore and I felt like I immediately found this instant network, even though I came from California and just showed up in Vermont with two bags by myself. A lot of great people go here, so you'll make friends if you're looking for it.

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