What do you like about St. Mike's?
Having access to outdoor activities through the ski pass and trips with the Wilderness Program. And being able to see the mountains from my dorm room.
What's your favorite class?
Gender and International Development, because it's been really challenging academically. I learned a lot about putting in good effort and learning from mistakes.
Do you have a favorite professor?
Herb Kessel, my economics professor. It's easy to have conversations with him about the class in a way that's informal.
What's your favorite spot on campus?
The bird's nest in the library because you can look out all over campus. It's quiet and you can get a lot of work done.
Jay Peak. I'd say it's the most underrated skiing. Not a lot of people make the effort to go but it's totally worth it.
What's one thing you've learned at SMC that's been surprising or inspiring?
I grew up Catholic but wasn't very involved with church. I've been pleasantly surprised by how much of an impact Campus Ministry has had on me here, especially considering it wasn't something I came in really interested in.
How do you give back to the community?
I'm involved in Common Ground, Green Up and Orientation. There's a significant faction of the student population that is involved. Students here really do care.
Where was your internship?
Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. It complemented my Anthropology major to have hands-on experience working with new and recent refugees and immigrants.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to hike, ski, climb, run, read, and learn languages.
What do you think you want to do with your life?
In the short-term, I'd really like to live in Portillo, Chile and work as a ski instructor. After that, possibly Peace Corps.
20 years from now, what do you think a favorite college memory will be?
Ski days and ski memories with friends. It's such a central part of my winter and skiing helps me academically, too. It's a way to de-stress and decompress and have fun and get exercise.
What makes you happy?
The balance at St. Mike's has helped me find what is meaningful and important to me on my own, and have people push me to try things I might not have otherwise.