What do you like about St. Mike's?
I like that St. Mike's feels like home. The community is so warm and welcoming; it's an environment where students value collaboration over competition. We help each other out because everyone has the same common goals; to be inspired by the world around us, learn from new experiences, and build valuable relationships with others. It's nice to be at a place where the community really works as a support system.
What's your favorite class?
My favorite class so far has been a philosophy course called Experiments in Living Mindfully, taught by Prof. John Izzi. He's an amazing teacher whose goal was for his students to achieve a more meditative, thoughtful way of going about life. We approached readings critically and had a lot of great discussions in class. I took what I learned from class and was able to apply it to improving my own well-being; it was really a course of self-discovery and reflection which I find to be a vital part of a Liberal Arts education.
What's your favorite spot on-campus?
Every year that I’m here, I discover new favorite spots to hang out or relax. One of my favorites is the lounge in St. Edmund’s on Thursday mornings during Green Up's Fair Trade Coffee Hour. The coffee is amazing and I love hanging out and doing homework there. I also love the MOVE Office, it's such a friendly place to be and Kate and Lara (MOVE directors) are both absolutely amazing individuals that I look up to. Another favorite is Turtle Underground, I actually collect all of the posters from the shows and some of my friends play in the bands that perform, it's a really fun way to start off my Friday or Saturday night.
What's one thing you've learned at SMC that's been surprising or inspiring?
Something I learned at SMC that's been surprising is how interconnected all of my learning has been. I've found connections between my Philosophy classes with Math and Computer Science; I took my knowledge from my first-year seminar on Globalization and applied it to my Macroeconomics class and even my MOVE extended service trip to South Dakota. I learn so much, both in and out of the classroom. Being a part of clubs like Green Up has shaped my perspective on the environment and sustainable business, and also connects to my work as a MOVE Core Team Leader for Baked Love, where I focus on hunger awareness and food insecurity. Everything I learn is connected in so many ways, and it's amazing to see where it's all been so applicable in my life and work outside the classroom. I really feel the value of my education at St. Mike's.
In what ways do you engage or give back to the community?
MOVE is an amazing way to give back to the community. I'm a Core Team Leader for Baked Love; we run events like an annual fast during Hunger and Homelessness week, do appreciation bakes for campus organizations like Fire and Rescue, and make vegan meals to donate to shelters in the Burlington area. My goal for next year is to collaborate with other groups like Best Buddies and Green Up. I also went on a MOVE Extended Service trip to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, which was both a heartbreaking and beautiful experience. I learned a lot about myself and about the Lakota people on that trip.
What do you want to do with your life?
I want my work in life to be sustainable, have a positive social impact, and just generally be thoughtful and meaningful. I've always worked hard, and being at St. Mike's has given me a strong set of morals; I know these values will be a part of me for the rest of my life. I'm interested in the software development and entrepreneurial side of Computer Science, and I would love to use my creativity and liberal arts background to start a company that can help others in some way.
20 years from now, what do you think a favorite college memory will be?
20 years from now, a favorite college memory will definitely be my trip to South Dakota with MOVE, and remembering all of the amazing people that I met there, as well as growing close with my group. I'll also never forget my hike with the Wilderness Program up Mount Hunger last fall, the view and the company couldn't have been more perfect.
What makes you happy?
Good coffee, good weather and good company. This can happen in a variety of ways and St. Mike's has never failed to exceed my expectations for all of these.