Student Profile

Bethany Schlott

What brought you to Saint Michael's College? How did you make your decision to come here?

When I was twelve, I came up to Vermont with my family for a trip, and I really loved the area. So when I started looking for colleges, I looked at schools in Vermont. We came up here again when I was in high school for a big college tour trip, and visited seven schools in three days, which I don’t recommend. It was all a bit of a blur, but I remember coming here and liking that there were a lot of major options. I liked the honors program as well. Probably the biggest thing for me was that I felt safe on campus, which was a big concern of mine coming to college as a woman.

What’s one incredible memory or experience that you’ve had during your time here so far?

On my first day here, I was in Alliot and someone dropped a cup, and then everyone did the cup-drop. Then five minutes later someone dropped a plate, and everyone clapped. I thought it was great. We all just laugh and have fun when we make mistakes. It was definitely something that made me feel better during orientation weekend, because that’s a nervous time.

Have you had a favorite professor?

I love my English professor, Christina Root. She’s the sweetest woman. It’s an honors class, but she tries not to overwhelm us with a ton of work, which I appreciate. She teaches a non-honors section of the same class, and she told us on the first day that she wasn’t going to spend time creating bigger challenges for our class, she was just going to expect that we respond to those challenges better. We do have reading outside of class, but then sit down and talk about it during class time. She’s great at letting students discuss their own ideas about the text and fostering great discussions.

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

Yes, but it was because of more personal issues. The exact day that I was moving into college, my parents were moving out of my childhood home in Pennsylvania to Delaware. I still haven’t even been to that house. Coming in, I wasn’t thinking I was going to be homesick at all because I haven’t even been to my home – but I did feel homesick, I just didn’t in my mind have a home at that point. After the first month, though, I got past all that, and now I’m excited to see my new house.

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

I definitely do feel like it’s more my home now. This is where I am most often. I’m living on my own, getting my own mail, and I definitely feel like I identify more with this place. I have made friends that make me feel like this is my home, even if not in the traditional way most people think of home.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have a lot of free time, hopefully because I manage my classes well. The first few weeks, I played pool non-stop in Dion. Now, I hang out with friends more. We’ve started going out to dinner every week, which is nice, and watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix.

What would you say to prospective students? Any advice?

Apply early. That’s what I did, and it’s nice to know the results as soon as possible and start making your decisions as soon as possible. Definitely visit the college, too. I know everyone says it, but you need to visit. Also, unless you’re super committed to your major, I wouldn’t pick a college based off of that major. It’s possible you change your mind, and then maybe you’re stuck at a more scientific school when you want to study something in the humanities. Then you have to go through the whole process of transferring. It’s better to pick a school that as a wider variety of majors.

What would you say about the community here at St. Mike’s?

I love it. It’s definitely a small community, but it’s very tight knit- which is nice. I see people I know all the time, and there are so many people that are there for me, even if I’m not as close with them. It’s like a nice cozy blanket.

What a unique fact about yourself?

I have a blue freckle on my shoulder. I’ve gotten it checked, it’s not cancerous, so for now it’s just interesting.

What’s been your biggest challenge during your time here, and how did you overcome it?

Finding a friend group. I think I came in thinking that I’m a very social, extraverted person, and it would be easy to find friends. I did meet a lot of people and make a lot of acquaintances quickly, but I was committed to the idea of finding my group of people that I would be with all the time. I did find a group, and I spent a lot of time with them, but then I realized I didn’t like who I was being around those people. I think I wanted try a new personality on in college, just because I could, but it didn’t fit me. I left that group, but then I had no one. I felt this pressure that I needed to find this one group of people to belong to. It wasn’t until recently that I did find my own group, but before that, I talked to an old friend of mine at a different college, and she told me that what I was going through happens to every college student. Most people don’t find their best friends until a couple months in, or even sophomore year. I think the hardest thing was that I thought that I needed to find friends, when I should have just been more relaxed about it.

What’s one thing that always puts a smile on your face?

The mountains here. My happy place is definitely sitting on top of a mountain. Every time is see them, I can’t help but stare in amazement. I hike them as much as a can with the adventure sports center. 

What are some important goals that you have for yourself?

I’m not super stressed about deciding what I want to do career-wise with my life right now. I’m a very leadership oriented person. I like to lead people, so I hope one day I have a leadership position rather than just an office job. I’d like my job to be something that I’m passionate about, obviously. I don’t like big corporations so I’d like to work for a small company, or maybe have my own company. I just hope that in my career, I have good relationships with the people I work with. Wherever I work, I want there to be a good community.

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