Student Profile

Kathryn Miyahira '16

Double Major; Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts and Spanish

What do you like about St. Mike's?

I like the opportunities that St. Mike’s gives me. I had no idea what I wanted to major in when I started at St. Mike’s, but they make you take a bunch of different classes which is how I found out what I wanted to study. They always have volunteering opportunities on campus, in the surrounding cities, and internationally. Because of that, I’ve been able to see different parts of Vermont, the United States, and the world. I can continue my singing with the Acabella’s even though I’m not a theater major and I could try playing water polo even though I had never played before. St. Mike’s has opened so many doors and opportunities for me to get involved and find what I’m passionate about, it’s hard not to find something you like here!

What's your favorite class?

That’s tough because I’ve definitely had quite a few favorite classes. One of my top favorite classes would have to be the First Year Seminar Horses and Healing taught by Bridget Kerr. We read a lot of books about humans and how they interacted with animals as well as books by Temple Grandin. Once a week, we would all drive to South Hero and volunteer as a class for a few hours at a horse barn that did therapeutic horseback riding lessons. It was such a cool way to see first-hand how the animals act and help people.

What's your favorite spot on-campus?

The trail between Main Campus and North Campus. There's a path where you can ride your bike, or I like to long-board or roller-board there. At night the sun sets and you can see all the lights, but during the day it's also just calm and peaceful.

What's one thing you've learned at SMC that's been surprising or inspiring?

You will have to say no, which can be the hardest thing ever. When you find so many things that spark your interest, it can take up a lot of time especially when you’re balancing classes. My senior year, I’ll be doing two senior seminars for my double major, leading the Dominican Republic Extended Service Trip, being the Alumni Relations Coordinator for Founders Society, and being Co-President of the Acabella’s. It’s a lot for sure, and I know that I can’t squeeze much more into it all, but I also couldn’t be happier studying and getting involved in what I love.

In what ways do you engage or give back to the community?

I love to take part in MOVE on campus. I’ve gone on a few extended service trips with them and will be leading this upcoming year’s spring break trip to the Dominican Republic. I think it’s really important to give back to the community you live in and make a difference in your own backyard as well as all around the world.

What do you want to do with your life?

I hope to do something that combines my two majors! Right now, there are so many different paths that I could go down, it’s hard to attempt to make that decision. I would love to continue my education, volunteering, and traveling. With my life, I hope to experience the world and share what I’ve seen and learned with others.

20 years from now, what do you think a favorite college memory will be?

One of them would definitely be when I went to the Dominican Republic with MOVE my sophomore year during spring break. One day as we were walking around our tiny town with some of the kids we had met, they brought us to their house where their mother was peeling gandule beans. So they pulled up chairs and we all sat around with their mother in front of their tin house as she showed us how to peel the beans. We all sat there, peeling beans as the kids played in the street and dogs and chickens ran around us. It was simply incredible to be able to experience what their life was like and I’ll always cherish that memory.

What makes you happy?

Eating food surrounded by all my friends. We would have “Family Dinner” when we all were able to get together and eat usually on a Friday night. My friends here are some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met and being around them makes me the happiest I could be!

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