What brought you to St. Mike's, and how did you make your decision?
I don't know if I first found it online or if I got something from the school in the mail – but I don't know, I just had to come see it. It was my first tour, in my junior year of high school, and I was pretty much done in my head after that. I kept touring other schools, but I always compared them to St. Mike's, and none of them measured up. So when I got the acceptance, I was all set.
What's it like being a part of a team at St. Mike's? How do you balance athletics and academics?
It's definitely been interesting, but I've been doing pretty well so far. My coach is really understanding. She wants a commitment from us, obviously, but know that class comes first. We do homework on the bus together all the time. A lot of times you just have to sit down and tell yourself, "I have to get this done before practice, I'm not going to move until it's finished". Even though it's a lot of work, I think being on a team is great. When I came up for the pre-season, it was a little bit of a shock at first, but everyone on the team is so nice and supportive towards each other.
Have you had a favorite class so far?
I'm in two classes right now for each of my majors that I really like – Schools and Society and U.S. History. I like the way history tells a story, and I especially like the story of the U. S. I think it's really fascinating to learn about what happened here before we were here.
What was the transition into college like for you?
I didn’t really have a clear picture of what it was going to be like before I got here. I thought a lot about how I was going to handle the transition, and it was definitely hard to get used to in some ways, but everyone was so nice and supportive. I was found some similarities to my high school experience that brought me comfort. Alliot reminds me of my high school Cafeteria, the way friends from all different class years sit together. The social scene is pretty much the same, you just hang out with your friends as much as you can. Everything that was different was just a great new experience. Academically, it was pretty easy, actually. The difference was mainly just adjusting to the different schedule, and I actually found it really nice to not be in class as long. But you definitely do have to put in more time outside of class than you do in high school, and make sure that you're studying.
Do you intend to study abroad during your time here?
I would love to study abroad! I know that the education program here leaves open the second semester of your junior year, to make it easier for people to try and go abroad. I know there is an education program in Bath, England, but I'd be open to going anywhere.
Any advice for prospective students?
I think when you're applying to schools, you just have to take a deep breath. I remember being really stressed about it all, but if you just take a deep breath and know that it's all going to work out in the end, you'll end up where you're supposed to be. I think I would say the same thing about going into college for the first time. It’s hard to say goodbye to everything at home and come to a new place, but you just have to take a deep breath and keep charging in, because everything works out once you find your people.
What's one unique fact about yourself?
I got stuck in an amusement park ride once when I was younger, at Cannobe Lake Park in New Hampshire. It was late at night, and we were about to leave. My little brother ran ahead, so I ran after him. I fell and my knee got stuck in a crack in the platform of a ride, and they had to come grease me out. It was an interesting experience.
What's one thing that you've learned during your time here that surprised you?
Being on a team, it was amazing to see how quickly you can become so close to new people. Two months ago, I didn't know any of them, and now we're hanging out every single day for hours. I think it's really cool to see how that happens.
What are some important goals that you have for yourself?
Academically, I obviously want to be able to graduate, and hopefully get a good teaching job somewhere back home in Massachusetts. Otherwise, I would like to maybe publish a book someday. I'm thinking about adding a creative writing minor.
What would you say about the community here at St. Mike's?
I just think it's amazing. That was one of the big things that brought me here, I remember seeing it on my first tour. The field hockey team had a big game that day or something, and everyone was so excited all over campus, yelling "Go Mike's!", and that kind of thing. People were shouting hello to the tour groups from the windows of the dorm buildings, and it was just great to see.