Student Profile

Daniel Fortier

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

I got the book award from St. Mike’s back in my junior year of high school, so I decided to look into the school, and I found that they had a strong business program. I was also talking to the swim coach here about possibly swimming for the St. Mike’s team. Then during my senior year of high school, my swim team got a new coach that had gone to school at St. Mike’s. He told me all about the school, and after listening to his experience of St. Mike’s I decided that I really wanted to come here.

So what’s it like being on a team at St. Mike’s? How do you balance academics and athletics?

It’s been a lot of fun, the experience has been great. We have a really small team. There are only nine guys, so everyone knows each other inside and out and we’re really close, and that really helped make the transition into college easier. In terms of balancing, it really hasn’t been too bad so far. A lot of the seniors on the team are also business majors, so they’ve been really helpful to me.

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

Probably the “Take a Knee” event on the library lawn early in the fall semester. A bunch of people gathered and took a knee to show support for Colin Kaepernick and the movement that he started in the NFL. The swim team came right after practice, and I found it really moving. It was really cool to experience, and to have the opportunity to do something like that.

Have you had a favorite class so far?

Probably my calculus class. My Professor is also my adviser, and he’s been really helpful in both math and business and just getting adjusted to being in college.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Usually just hang out with a couple kids that live on my floor, or the other freshman on the swim team. We like to go and get coffee on Sundays at Dunkin and study together.

Why did you choose to major in business and mathematics?

I want to do something in sports management. I’ve been working with the Kettleer's baseball team on Cape Cod since I was in eighth grade, which is a collegiate summer league team. I started out as a bullpen catcher for them, and last year I was a game-day intern. This upcoming summer, I’m going to be the general manager intern. As I’ve gained experience working with them, I realized that degree in both business and mathematics would help me get better acquainted with baseball statistics, and help me get a front office job.

What was the transition into college for the first time like for you?

It wasn’t too bad, actually. I had a little bit of homesickness, but getting so close with the swim team so fast and realizing that their basically like my family made it a lot easier. They helped keep my mind off of things, and made it feel much more like my home here.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

Make sure that you stay focused, and get things done by their deadlines. Fill out as many scholarship applications as you can, because they really do help, and make sure that before you apply somewhere, you feel comfortable on the campus.

What would you say about the community here?

It’s definitely one of the nicest places I’ve ever been. Coming from the Cape, a lot of people there are more focused on themselves and their own destinations, but here everyone is really close knit and focused on working together toward a community goal.

What’s one fun fact about yourself?

I’m a black belt in Karate. I started Karate when I was four, and continued until I was about seven or eight.

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

Probably breaking down personal barriers- I used to not like talking in classes, and wasn’t very good at getting out of my comfort zone. Having a philosophy class this semester has really helped me change that. I’m forced to speak every class, so I’ve gotten practice talking in front of people more, which has helped me be more confident in what I have to say.

What are some important goals that you have for yourself?

My most important goal would obviously be to graduate, but I want to have fun in the process and take classes that I really want to take. Career wise, I’d love to go into sports management, but if that doesn’t work out I just want to be doing something that I love every day. 

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