Student Profile

Jillian Harvie

What brought you to Saint Michael's College, and you did you make your decision?

I’ve known about St. Mike’s since I was a little kid, because both my parents went here. I just loved the campus and the community feel, and all the teachers. I could play volleyball here, so that was a plus. I basically grew up here, and it was already like my second home, so it wasn’t a hard decision. Hearing my parents talk about this place as I was growing up drew me to it. They always said such great things, and I felt like I needed to have those kind of experiences too. Seeing how many friends they made during their college years, and how they were still friends years later, I knew I wanted the same outcome.

Have you had a favorite class so far?

I’d say my managerial ethics class. It’s really interesting, and we get to do a lot of hands-on work. Talking about ethical business decisions and how to make them really interests me. I’ve always liked that aspect of business.

Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different from what you expected in any way?

I didn’t really expect to love it so much. I came in thinking, “oh yeah, it’ll be fun”, but now I’m that I’m here, it’s more than just fun. I’m not sure how to explain it; I just can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I don’t really have much spare time, but when I do I like to just hang out with my friends. We like to go to Dion, and play ping pong and pool. We keep it low-key.

What is it like being on a varsity team here at St. Mike’s? How do you balance athletics and academics?

The balancing is about as hard as I’d expect, but everyone is really supportive and makes themselves available to you if you need help. My teachers are super understanding if I have to miss class because of a game. The schedule kind of makes me organize my time better, actually, because I know that I need to be on top of things and get them done. It’s a really great experience, I love the team aspect. I love having people that I can wave to in the halls, and getting to know people from all different class years. I know someone from each grade, which is really cool. It’s a lot of fun.

What made you decide to major in business?

My dad was a business major at St. Mike’s, and seeing how far he’s come and how much he liked it drew me to it. He explained to me what he does, and what other types of business there are, and I found the marketing side of things particularly interesting. I figured I might as well give it a try, and now that I’m studying it, I do like it a lot.

Do you feel like St. Mike’s is your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?

It definitely is my home away from home. The feeling of the campus itself is really homey, with the vines hanging from the brick buildings. Putting simple touches in your dorm, like decorating it with things from home, also makes it feel like more of a homey space. Mostly, being with other people and with my friends makes it feel like home here.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

During the application process, I would say just take it one step at a time. It can be really stressful, but make sure you go through everything. Tour schools as much as possible, and do your own research to make sure the school offers what you need. Once you get to college, definitely get involved in as many things as you can. Join clubs and all that, because that will get you out there and help you meet new people.

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

Definitely balancing my schoolwork with sports. It was definitely really hard the first couple weeks, and I struggled a little bit. You just have to practice and get the hang of it, and accept that there are going to be some late nights when you’re up doing homework. But, once you get it done, it feels a lot better. You just have to know that you can succeed.

What’s one thing that makes you happy?

Playing sports makes me happy. It’s a stress reliever, in a way. If I have a bad day, I can go to practice and see my friends and just forget about it. They’re obviously a great support system for me.

What was the transition like into college for you?

I thought it was really fun, actually. Coming out of high school, I was definitely ready to come to college. I kind of expected it to be weird at first, but coming early for pre-season and making friends right away helped me a lot. There were points when I missed home, but I knew that this was where I was supposed to be.

What would you say about the community here?

I really like it, I think it’s super tight and close-knit. It’s the perfect size, so every time I’m walking to class or walking through campus I see someone I know, and that’s really nice. One of the big reasons I came here was specifically for the community.

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