You Are Not Alone
As the spring semester wraps up, please know that alumni around the world are cheering you on and wishing you well during this extraordinary time. As a Purple Knight, you are (and will always be!) part of this larger alumni family: you are not alone.
Take things one day at a time! We will adapt, we will survive, we will get by!
“We miss the presence of our students tremendously. The campus resembles a “ghost town,” but we know it has to be, in order to overcome this nasty virus. Best wishes to you and your family and SMC friends, stay well, and God bless.”
“Dear students, I know these difficult days can feel like they are breaking you, and you feel their weight upon you. Maybe the shock gave way to many emotions and efforts to cope. But, believe me. You are full of strength, and so much stronger than you know. Your loving heart is kind. You are endlessly capable and deeply brave. I know with absolute certainty — without knowing you — that you can get through this. You are never alone. You have the support of a whole alumni community. It’s okay to cry, shout at the sky that it’s not fair and then pick yourself up and keep going. Hold on to the positive moments, there is kindness and hope all around you.”
“I am so sorry you can’t be on campus. I know it sucks. But remember, you will have LIFE-LONG friends from St. Mike’s. Don’t forget that. It might be hard to keep in contact, but make it happen. It took a couple of years for me to get the hang of it, but I make sure to go out of my way to visit friends who have moved far and wide. You are a Purple Knight, forever and always!”
Sending all of you the strength and love that you need during this time to finish this semester out strong. The entire Purple Knights community is rooting for your success.
“You will have a story to tell for a lifetime. And St. Mike’s has prepared you to tell that story in many ways. Know that you have the knowledge and strength to succeed and there are thousands of alumni who can and will help you.”
“At times like this, keeping in mind this quote from Shakespeare, ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ Very important to ‘control’ our thinking/thoughts…think positive, even in bad or negative times there is plenty of positives to focus on. Be grateful for the blessings in your lives. As I firmly believe ‘Attitude determines Altitude in Life’…keep a positive attitude and you can overcome any challenge presented to you. As General Patton said, “Accept the challenges, so You can feel the exhilaration of victory!” Stay positive and God bless!”
“SMC is where I first began to more clearly understand the value of faith, family, and fellow. I’m grateful to have experienced faith in action and witnessed the generosity and spirit of concern and caring for others and the greater good of all modeled and practiced by the college leaders and community. We have been uniquely prepared for this time. Please, fellow Michaelmen, know that we all have the gift: the privilege and the power of prayer. Here’s to our healthy future! Be well.”
You have your network of classmates, professors, and alumni who want you to succeed and believe that you will change the world. Don’t be afraid to reach out. We are here for you.
“I wish a few simple words could give you back late nights at the grill, P-day, and for seniors, commencement, and senior week. Unfortunately, they can’t. But what I can tell you is that the memories you have made will last a lifetime, and more importantly, the people that make up your Saint Michael’s family will never go away. They will be your vacation buddies, co-workers, and neighbors. They will attend your weddings, be in your wedding party, and for some of you, become your husbands and wives! As tough as the end of this semester is, finish strong knowing that your SMC education will lead you places you could never imagine, alongside friends who will last a lifetime. Thinking of you all, and congrats to the class of 2020. Can’t wait to celebrate with you …. eventually!”
“I am here to tell you that the bonds you make at St. Mike’s will last for as long as you desire. I am a member of the Class of 1960 and next month we planned on meeting on the hill for our 60th Reunion. You will have many opportunities, as we have had, to reunite in the future, to share your lives, loves, family, and friends. The very best to the Class of 2020.”
“St. Mike’s isn’t just the four years you physically spend on campus – it’s all the years afterward, too. You’ll be able to take what you’ve learned here out into the world, to DO WELL & DO GOOD. You’ll have memories to laugh about with your friends for years and years afterward, and the stories will only become better with time, trust me! And when you see each other, or even meet alumni like me, wherever you are, you’ll have an instant bond, a real connection. You’ll do whatever you can to help upcoming alumni, as we will do for you. Your SMC experience isn’t ending if you’re a senior, and it hasn’t been cut short if you’re an undergrad – you’ll just appreciate it more now. And when you drive up 89 and see Mansfield and Camel’s Hump and the sign for Exit 15, your heart will swell, because, at the top of the hill, you will always – always – find your home.”
I promise that you will see your St. Mike's family again. The relationships you form at SMC last a lifetime.
“I know that you have probably heard this a million, maybe even a billion, times already and might even be sick of it but know that we will get through this together. Though we haven’t seen anything like this in over a century we have an innate ability to persevere and overcome. Between transitioning to zoom meetings and online learning and sheltering in place we have already been able to adapt in a way that none of us would have ever anticipated. What is encouraging to me is seeing all of the students and alumni dedicating themselves to the wellbeing of others, whether it’s those still at school with Fire and Rescue or nurses and doctors working hours on end in hospitals. St. Mike’s has taught us how important it is to care for one another. When we do come out of this on the other side, not only do you have your hundreds of peers in your class, but also thousands of alumni all over the world who will be there for you every step of the way. The most important thing to remember through all of this is you are not alone and you are loved.”
“You have gone where no other students at St. Mike’s have gone, learning completely online. You should be proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work. You’ve got this.”
“I know this is not how you expected to end your school year. None of us did. I can only imagine your feelings right now. If they are anything like mine, they are okay one day and sad the next. I have a senior in high school and a junior who was in college in Pennsylvania. We have had many conversations about what we are feeling from one day to the next. Just remember, a moment is often defined by your response. You cannot control what is happening, but you can control how you respond. Have all the feelings you need, but as we move forward into the uncertain future, trust in who you are and what you believe. Help someone on a day you are feeling strong, allow someone to comfort you on a day when you are not. I remember St. Mike’s with every happiness in my heart and what I remember most, is the love that I received from all, friends, faculty, the volunteer office. Everywhere I went. Stay strong and stay safe.”
“May your many memories of One Winooski Park sustain you during this time away. The entire Purple Knight alumni community is behind you and here to help — do not be afraid to reach out. I admire your tenacity and diligence during this unprecedented time, and I wish you a speedy and safe return to campus.”
This too shall pass.