What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
I think what brought me here was a combination of academics, athletics and arts. I was able to continue cross country and skiing here, and I was also able to continue playing violin, which was super important for me. There was also a strong academic program for what I was interested in, so it was a perfect fit.
What is one incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?
Probably traveling with the sports team. In nordic skiing, we travel every weekend for two or three days to race, which is awesome. You really have a small family. Even in cross country, going to small meets with your team is a really fun experience.
What clubs or activities are you involved in, or hoping to get involved in?
Currently, I’m in the Student Association as the President of the Class of 2020. I’m also an editor for the Onion River Review, and I’m in the school orchestra. I wouldn’t say I’m in a lot of clubs, but whenever I can go to things, I do.
What made you decide to run to be the President of the Class of 2020?
I just kind of went for it. I figured there was nothing I could lose. I think people don’t realize that you might as well do as much as you can, because you’re only going to be here for four years. I feel like you should just try everything, because the worst that can happen is you don’t get it, or you decide you don’t like it.
What has your experience as president been like?
It’s a ton of fun. I go to Student Association meetings every week, and I think I’ve had a lot of opportunities as president that not everybody gets. A big thing for me was achieving my goal of getting water faucets installed in all the freshman dorms. They’re working on installing them now. Also, I get to be on a committee asking for student representation on the board of trustees, which is huge. Student participation on the board of trustees has never been asked for before, so it's really exciting to be a part of it. We’re going to be presenting to the board the weekend of March 3rd.
Have you had a favorite class or professor so far?
My first year seminar, hands down. I had creative writing with Professor William Marquess, who is also my advisor, and it was a ton of fun. Our little group kind of bonded and became like a family. It was writing intensive, but so are all the freshman seminars, and it was still a super fun class. He’s definitely been my favorite professor. I’ve spent a lot of time with him, and I’m applying to do research with him this summer.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all from what you were expecting?
Yeah, I think so. When I came in, I knew I was going to be running cross country and skiing, and I knew I was going to be going to class and playing violin, but beyond that I didn’t really know what I would be doing. I definitely didn’t expect to be class president, or to be as involved in as many things as I am.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I do have spare time, I like to go play pool in Dion or just hang out with friends.
Do you intend to study abroad?
Yeah, definitely. I’ve heard great things about studying abroad from a lot of people. I want to go somewhere in Asia, or maybe Australia or New Zealand.
What’s it like being a part of a team at St. Mike’s? How do you balance athletics and academics?
Being on a team here is awesome. Especially with fall sports, the first day you walk on campus you have an instant group of friends. It helps you be a lot more confident, especially in the beginning of the first semester, when you’re in a new place and you don’t really know what’s going on. In terms of balancing, everyone has to do it, so everyone supports each other, because if you don’t do well academically you can’t compete. On the cross country team, we all go into one of the academic buildings and study together. One person’s academic success or athletic success is all of our academic or athletic success. Having a team and having that support is huge.
Why did you choose to double major in English and Economics?
Actually, I came in as exploratory. Professor Marquess and my experience in creative writing definitely swayed me to English a little bit. I like thinking about things in different ways, and majoring in English and economics, I get both a qualitative and quantitative perspective. English is a very qualitative subject; it’s all about language and using it to sway readers. It just wasn’t satisfying everything that I wanted to do, and I really missed having a quantitative class my first semester, so majoring in economics is helpful because it gives me that other side.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
I have a few places. The third floor of Dion is an awesome place to hang out. Also, the classrooms in Saint Edmund’s hall with the round tables, when they’re open, are great places to study. I like going to the library as well.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home, and if so how did it become that for you?
It definitely has. My parents are actually moving, so St. Mike’s really is my home now. Everything I own is here. When I went home for winter break, my room was basically just an empty dorm. My walls had been repainted, there were new carpets, and the only thing in there was my bed. I just realized that St. Mike’s was where I really wanted to be and where my home was, because my home in Minnesota really wasn’t my home anymore.
What was the transition into college like for you?
It was pretty smooth for me, actually. Being on a team really helped with it. The most important thing I was told by my teammates during the orientation process was to just be outgoing and say hi to everybody, because you want to have a good group of friends right away. My nature is more introverted, but it’s really important to be outgoing those first couple weeks.
What is it like coming to Vermont from outside of New England? How is it different from Minnesota?
There’s mountains, that’s a huge difference. They make looking outside a lot nicer. The weather’s pretty similar. It is a little bit warmer here, which I appreciate. It was about negative thirty degrees when I went home for winter break. Also, I think that the weirdest thing for me is you can drive for two hours and get to a different state. You really can’t do that in Minnesota, so I find that fascinating.
What do you want to say about the community here, or to your fellow St. Mike’s students?
I think St. Mike’s is really good at coming together when it needs to. The fall semester this past year was great example of that. Seeing the community when tragedy struck our school, after a member of the senior class committed suicide, was really awe inspiring. I don’t know how many other colleges would have come together the way we did. I think no matter what you get involved in, your groups will become like a family to you. You really become close with the people that you spend time with, and they support you, and I think that’s huge.