What brought you to St. Mike’s, and how did you choose?
I really like the school. I looked at it because of the fire program, so that was a big factor in the decision, but it wasn’t the only factor. I liked the rest of the school, too. It seemed like I would get a good education here. I liked the community – everyone says that, but it’s true.
What’s one incredible memory or experience that you’ve had so far?
I guess joining Ultimate Frisbee was a cool memory – I passed them playing one day when I was on my way to the gym to shoot baskets, and they were like “hey, join in”, so I did, and I haven’t regretted it. It’s a lot of fun.
What’s been your favorite class so far?
My favorite class would have to be Christianity: Past and Present with Father Michael. In many ways, statistics is my best class, but that’s not my favorite. I really like Father Michael’s teaching style. He gets everyone involved and makes the class really engaging. Learning is much more fun in his class.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different than what you were expecting?
I’d say it’s definitely has been, but I’m not really sure how to pin down why…. I didn’t really know what to expect coming in. I had all these different thoughts of “maybe this will happen, maybe that will happen”, and then this and that didn’t happen. But it’s good, it’s been a good experience so far.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to play Ultimate Frisbee and Water Polo.
Do you intend to study abroad?
I’m considering it. I haven’t decided if I absolutely want to do it or absolutely don’t, but I think I will, depending on what opportunities there are. I think I’d either go to Germany, or somewhere in Africa.
Why did you choose to major in Business and Media Studies?
I hope to one day start my own business. If I can’t, then media studies is something that interests me, and something I think I’d enjoy working in. I want to start my own driving school. I really like driving and cars, and I think it would be fun to teach without having to deal with the pressures of grades. Plus, when you’re teaching Driver’s Ed you don’t have to spend all your time in an office or a classroom.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
I spend most of my time in Dion, just because I know a lot of people that hang out there. The library has some nice spaces too. There’s a lot of cool places.
What was the transition into college from home like for you? How did you handle it?
It was obviously difficult – at least for me. It wasn’t too hard, though. I know some people here that are from my town or areas near my town, so I can get a ride home once a month, which makes it easier. But it was certainly a challenge leaving my home and everything that I knew.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process?
For me, it was pretty easy - I applied early action to three schools, got into all three of them, and chose the one that felt most like home. I would say choose the place that feels like home, because education is often what you make it – here just felt more comfortable to me than the other schools I visited.
What do you want to say about the community here?
I feel like the community here is very supportive – people respect you and your decisions, and no one will pressure you into doing anything you don’t want to do. It’s a good community.