Student Profile

Monica McClure '15

American Studies major, History minor

Why did you choose St. Mike's?

I grew up about an hour north of Chicago and attended a smaller Catholic high school. I didn't think I wanted to leave the Midwest, but after I visited campus, I said, "This is right. This is definitely how I want to feel when I come to a school."

What do you like about St. Mike's?

I play women's rugby club even though it was a new sport for me. I'd never played a contact sport before. My position is in the front row of the scrum, and I love it! We have 45 players on the team, 15 on the field at a time, and everyone gets to play. We were the Northeast Rugby champs last year.

Life at St. Mike's:

Rugby and volunteer service with MOVE are my big things, but I also have a radio show on WWPV and like to attend International Coffee Hour. I enjoy the food and meeting international students, and they appreciate having someone to practice English with. But academics are my main priority. That's what I'm here for. I live in substance-free housing, which is a good way to stay committed to standards people set for themselves coming to college.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I also love the new road between North and Main campus. I just got a new longboard and that road is so nice and smooth that riding there is relaxing and meditative. I call campus "a bigger small campus." It's not so spread out that you have to walk miles to get anywhere, but you still feel like you're going somewhere to get to class.

How do you give back to the community?

I've participated in MOVE programs like the Senior Citizen Games and Correctional Volleyball, and I went to Kentucky for service last spring break, and I got to use power tools, which I was very excited about!

Why do you like St. Mike's?

I'm a talker, always restlessly looking forward to the next thing, but I've learned to slow things down here. Because if you're looking for the next big thing, you've missed the smaller things, and some of them are even better than the big things.

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