Student Profile

Susanna van Rooyen '19

How did you hear about St. Mike’s?

My high school guidance counselor mentioned St. Mike’s to me in the fall of my senior year. I was pretty unsure about where I wanted to apply but just the way my counselor spoke about the school made me interested in it. I also got emails from St. Mike’s about applying and all of the great things going on. The emails weren’t generic in the way they were presented. It sounded like there were real people wanting me to come to St. Mike’s. A few friends from home also go here, so I talked with them during the fall and they had nothing but good things to say about SMC.

Why did you choose Saint Michael’s College?

I chose Saint Michael’s College because of the people. The academics and community service opportunities didn’t go unnoticed of course, but the second that I walked onto this campus I felt welcomed. It was the subtle things that got me. We were walking into the library during a tour and a student was standing at the entrance about to walk in. They noticed the few of us about twenty or thirty feet away and he stood there and held the door for us. I later found out this wasn’t just because we were on a tour and they were trying to be nice… it happens every day here. People are kind and considerate, and most of all aware of the others around them.

 

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

I came to St. Mike’s without a lot of religious background. Sometimes my family would go to a service on Christmas, but nothing too regular. I took Varieties of Christianity this semester and it paved so many different paths of thinking in my head. There really are so many different types of ways to think about religion that I never knew existed. It inspired me to think about religion in an entirely new way.

How have you made St. Mike’s your ‘Home Away from Home’?

To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t too hard to make Saint Michael’s my “home away from home.” Orientation was a such a great experience to participate in; I also made sure that I went to all of the activities planned and tried my best to put myself out there. The first few weeks of school I found a great, supportive group of friends. During the week, I also try to find some alone time. I go on walks through the trails or find a quiet spot in the library to decompress. Being at college was a little bit overwhelming at first, but finding some time for myself helps me be less stressed.

What are your aspirations for after college?

I don’t know what I want to be when I graduate, but I know that I want to work with people. I am majoring in Psychology, and I may want to become some type of therapist. I love to talk and help people, but that’s all of the direction I’ve got at this point in my life. I would really love to give back to St. Mike’s as an alumni, but that seems a little far in advance to think about given I have three and a half years left here!

Anything else?

St. Mike’s is the happiest place that I’ve ever been. There are smiling faces around every corner—smiles are very contagious here, so watch out! 

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