Student Profile

Rebecca Stouges

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

I grew up visiting Vermont. I loved Smuggler’s Notch, it was my home away from home. So when I heard that St. Mike’s had ski passes, I thought that was really cool. I decided to do a tour and an overnight here, and I just loved it. I was here in the middle of winter and I remember it was snowing, and even though the weather was awful I still loved it. I think it says a lot when you still want to go somewhere even when you see it in the worst kind of weather.

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

That’s tough. I’ve had a lot of really great experiences here, it’s hard to say one. A lot of great memories I’ve had have been with organizations on campus that I’m involved with. Working in the Makerspace, I’ve been able to make really cool things, have great interactions with students, and help them accomplish projects, which is something that I’ve learned a lot from and something I’ve really enjoyed. I’ve done a lot of things with the Adventure Sports Center as well that have really pushed me out of my comfort zone, which is great for helping you grow, and that’s what college is for.

What’s been your favorite class so far?

That one’s really tough! I’ve enjoyed so many classes and had so many great professors. My Examined Life class was really interesting, because you just had to look at your life and examine it from a new perspective. I think that class changed a lot of people’s lives. Professor Robert Lair gets people to be very vulnerable in an interesting way.

Have you had a favorite Professor?

Right now Barbara O’Donovan is one of my favorite professors. She’s my statics professor, so she teaches the new engineering class. She’s just great. She’s really engaging in the classroom setting, but also always has office hours and is willing to talk about anything and everything.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I go on a lot of climbing trips with the Adventure Sports center. I like to go hiking and explore the Burlington area. Burlington is beautiful, and I think a major draw to this school is that you get to be in the Burlington community. You’re able to get so many connections here, too. Working in the Makerspace, I’ve been able to go to so many events that have connected me to the broader community outside of just the school.

Why did you choose to major in Environmental Engineering?

I actually came in thinking I wanted to do mechanical engineering. I had done a lot with engineering in high school, and I was always good at math and enjoyed it. Coming to Vermont and learning a lot more about environmental issues inspired me to change to environmental engineering. I think there are a lot of problems right now with the way that we interact with the environment that I would like to work towards changing.

Would you call St. Mike’s your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?

It definitely is. I think it’s the community aspect that makes it a home. Whether it’s with professors, my friends, or coworkers, I’ve always felt that I can rely on all the people here. I think it’s because we’re a small school, and so many people are interconnected and we all know each other. I just like the community vibe, and I think it makes you feel included.

What would you say to prospective students about how to get through the college process?

I would just say that you’ll end up where you’re meant to be, so try not to overstress. Freshman year, a lot of people talk about leaving, and then a lot of people transfer out. Maybe they had higher expectations, or were looking for something more. But most of the people who stayed love it here now, they just had to get through those uncomfortable moments in the first year.

What would you say to your fellow St. Mike’s students?

I would say thank you to all the people who are just purely themselves, and are so ambitious and passionate. The energy that those people bring to campus has such a great impact on other people. It’s incredible to watch.

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