What brought you to St. Mike’s? How did you choose?
I chose Saint Michael’s for a proper balance of athletics and academics. I knew that I would get the education that I wanted out my college experience, while also continuing my volleyball career.
What’s one incredible memory or experience that you have had here so far?
Orientation week was definitely an incredible memory. I had really great O-Leaders, who are now close friends of mine, and I met my current best friends through my O-group. All the activities were a lot of fun.
What clubs or activities are you involved with on campus?
Right now, I’m on the varsity volleyball team, but I hope to get more involved with Love Your Melon, as well and Founder’s Society and MOVE. I didn’t have a lot of time last semester to get involved with things because of the volleyball season, but I definitely want to join more clubs.
What is it like being on a team here? How do you balance athletics and academics?
I actually find it easier, because it gives me a sense of routine. It definitely forces you to manage your time better and not procrastinate, which in the long run has helped me keep my grades up. You just have to be proactive about things and stay on top of your schedule, and know when assignments are due and when exams are.
Have you had a favorite class so far?
Right now, my favorite class is Biology 153, Intro to Cell Biology and Genetics. I love Professor Bozzone, and the class is very personal, even though it’s on the larger side. She engages everyone in the class really well, and we are all still able to participate even though there are a lot of people.
Has your experience at St. Mike’s been different at all than what you were expecting?
I didn’t really know what to expect coming in. Actually, this wasn’t even my number one school, so I was a little bit nervous, but once I got here it was everything hoped it would be. I wouldn’t trade the education I’ve gotten here or the friends I’ve made here for anything, so I’m definitely glad I chose to come here.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go to South Burlington and Church Street with my friends, or sometimes on weekends we’ll all gather in someone’s dorm and have a movie night.
Do you intend to study abroad?
I am hoping to study abroad. I’m not really sure where yet, but I’m thinking maybe Thailand. Anywhere in Southeast Asia would be cool. I think studying abroad should be about learning a different culture and a different lifestyle, so I feel like going to a country in that region would be a great experience.
Why did you choose to major in Chemistry?
My grandfather died of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and that motivated me to attempt to want to find a cure for those types of diseases.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
I do homework in my dorm a lot, but my favorite place to hang out would probably be the gym. Working out with friends or playing volleyball is a stress reliever for me. It’s nice to be in a space where people are just letting loose and not thinking about academics for a change.
Do you feel St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?
It’s definitely my home away from home. We have such a community here, and everyone is so genuinely happy that I feel like a truly belong here. Everyone is so welcoming. Even when I first stepped on campus, there were so many people willing to help me out, and I could easily approach someone and ask for directions.
What was the transition coming from home to college for the first time like for you?
I was a little nervous, but I came a week and a half early for the pre-season, so I was able to get familiar with the campus before everyone else got here. It was definitely different in orientation, seeing so many people I didn’t know, but the orientation activities made it easier to go out and meet people.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, especially those looking into St. Mike’s?
In general, I would say start your application process early, because it decreases the amount of stress on you at the end. Always keep your mind open. I originally wasn’t even going to apply here, but then I got the book award and it was free to apply so I decided I might as well, and now I love it here.
What do you want to say about the community here, or to your fellow St. Mike’s students?
I would say keep making this community a strong and happy one, because it makes this a positive environment to be in and one that will constantly thrive.