Student Profile

Colin Flanagan '17

How did you hear about Saint Michael’s College?

My oldest brother actually went here and graduated in 2011. I always used to come up and help him move in at the beginning of the semesters and move out at the end, so I had been on the campus multiple times before applying to transfer here.

What made you want to finish your education at St. Mike’s?

I had already gone to a school that did not feel like the right fit, so I was worried about making the right choice the second time around. One thing you always hear over and over about St. Mike’s is that it is a tight-knit community. That was one of the big factors that attracted me. Coming in during my second semester of sophomore year, I wanted to make sure I was not going to be just a number.

What activities have you gotten involved in since transferring to St. Mike’s?

Since transferring to St. Mike’s, I have gotten involved in numerous organizations. I joined Green Up Club within my first couple weeks, and have also attended Spanish Club meetings. This year I am living in G.E.A.R. Housing, which is a program that houses international students from across the globe with St. Mike’s students. I have also gone on numerous outings with the Wilderness Program. My favorite involvement so far has been the service trip to the Big Thicket Nature Preserve that I was able to go on with the M.O.V.E. organization over this past winter break.

Do you have a favorite professor, favorite class?

Rather than having any one class or professor as my favorite, I have a great appreciation for the St. Mike’s faculty as a whole. Every professor I have had has shown a genuine interest in how I'm doing, both inside and outside of the classroom. All of the professors are so accessible and you feel like you can stop by their office to talk about whatever you want, whether its an upcoming assignment or just life in general. This kind of professor-student relationship is not something you would see at bigger schools, and was a big factor in why I decided to transfer here.

Would you have any advice for a student who is considering transferring to St. Mike’s?

Get involved. You are going to hear this over and over again, and for good reason. Find a recreational, academic, or artistic club that you are interested in and join it. Get involved in the many opportunities offered through the MOVE office, and go on outings with the wilderness program. Anything that gets you out there and meeting people is going to help you make St. Mike’s the home that you may not have found in your first college. Take advantage of the accessibility of your professors. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, I think you’ll find that everyone here is very open and welcoming.

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