Student Profile

Ashley Parker

What brought you to St. Mike’s, and how did you make your decision?

I love Vermont. The first time I came here, I toured UVM, and I just liked the area. I didn’t like how big UVM was though, but then I found St. Mike’s, which was small and perfect for what I was looking for. Everyone was so kind and smiling when I visited, and it felt really welcoming.

Have you had a favorite class so far?

I really like learning, so I like going to all my classes. I’d say so far my favorite class is General Chemistry. It’s my major and it’s what I’m passionate about, so it’s just exciting to learn about for me. I like how we get to do hands-on stuff and it’s not just lecture all the time. I’m a very hands-on learner. I really like Professor Heroux, who teaches that class. He’s also my advisor, and I work with him for my work study. I spend a lot of time with him, and he’s really nice. I like how he gets right to the point of things when he’s teaching.

Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all than what you were expecting?

I didn’t expect everyone on campus to be so approachable. Everyone that I’ve talked to has been so nice, and there none of that “oh, you’re a freshman, you don’t matter’ kind of thing. Everyone’s so welcoming, and it’s really nice to see that.

What motivated you to get involved in ROTC, and what’s your experience with it been like?

I was really inspired because a lot of people in my family have military backgrounds. I think that it’s really noble to serve your country, but I also knew that I wanted to get a college degree while I did that. Through ROTC, I’m able to get an education, and when I graduate I hope to commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. As a woman in the ROTC program, it hasn’t really been different for me. Everyone is really inclusive, and I haven’t come across any sexism or anything like that. When we do things like heavy lifting that you need stronger people to do, they don’t look past the girls. We are all seen as capable.

Why did you choose to major in chemistry?

I hope to do forensic science work, or work in a laboratory one day. Originally I wanted to major in forensic science. But I realized that if I majored in chemistry, then if my plans changed and I didn’t want to work in forensic science anymore I would have other options. You can do so much with chemistry.

Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?

Probably under the trees between Joyce and Lyons. I just like to sit there when it’s warm out and do homework.

Do you feel like St. Mike’s is your home away from home?

Yeah, I do. I think what made it my home is that people that I’ve met here, especially on the rugby team. If I have problem, I know I can go talk to anyone about it and that they’re all there for me. They have definitely helped make me feel comfortable here.

Do you have any advice for prospective students about the college process?

Definitely ask questions if you’re confused about something. I know for me, I was kind of afraid to ask questions, but it’s really good to get all the information that you need instead of just guessing.

What would you say to all your fellow St. Mike’s students if you had the opportunity?

Thank you for making the process of changing from high school to college so much easier. Everyone is so welcoming here, and I don’t think if I were at another campus it would be like this.

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