Student Profile

Eric Sherman '14

Math major, Computer Science minor

What do you like about St. Mike's?

It's a great place to be. Everyone's very happy, everyone's very cheerful. People are nice and professors love to help students out. I love Vermont, too. It's a great place to be, with tons of outdoor activities.

What's your favorite class?

Computer Science 111. In high school I didn't give Computer Science a thought. It opened my eyes and made me realize how much I enjoy programming.

Do you have a favorite professor?

I've learned the most from Professor John Izzi. Philosophy opens your mind to different ideas. People with mathematical minds tend to lean towards philosophy as well because it's a very similar way of thinking. There are many different ways to lead up to one solution, just like in math. Also, there is a lot of logic involved in both mathematics and philosophy.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I like sneaking into the soccer fields at night and star-gazing. The turf field is the best place to go and sit and think or talk with a friend.

Off campus?

At North Beach, there are some really fun cliff-jumping places, and they're not so big so if you jump, it's safe.

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

There's always a place on this campus where you can find people to be with, so there's no reason you should have to be alone.

How do you give back to the community?

I am in the Wilderness Program, so I lead trips and take students out rock-climbing or mountain-climbing or hiking. Getting students to get out and do outdoorsy things might inspire them to enjoy the environment more and try to save what we have left.

Tell me about your research?

My project is looking at specific shapes with central vertices by splicing circular strands of DNA. We manipulate those to create what are called "scaffolding strands."

What makes you happy?

I enjoy being around my friends, and also being an active person. Rather than sit around, I want to be out hiking, running or playing a sport.

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

I'm very grateful for the Book Award scholarship. I'm grateful for all the knowledge I've received and all the connections I've made. I feel like I love Saint Michael's a lot more than I would have loved another college.

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