How did you hear about St. Mike's?
It's a bit of a long story, but in my high school, when I was applying for colleges, my college counselor mentioned an overnight program at St. Mike's… and we went to the hockey game. I had never been to a hockey game and it was very intense. Just seeing that there were people from all ages, from 5 year old kids to 60 year old adults watching this game, I really felt the community in that moment. In that snippet of time, just seeing the excitement and the community there; it was great.
He (my college counselor) recommended St. Mike's to me because originally I wanted to be a bio major.
Why did you choose Saint Michael's College?
It was the hockey game and coming here. I just fell in love with the campus. The people who I met when I stayed at the overnight program seemed like great people, people I couple relate to. Just knowing that if I were to come here, and that if I did come here, that it would be a home away from home; I really felt that when I came here on the overnight and my dad did too.
How have you made it your ‘Home Away From Home'?
At first it was a struggle, like any transition. I'm from New York City so it was very different, it is very different. The oxygen is not as fresh in New York, and the people back home are not as nice, they are nice in their own way, but this is a friendly atmosphere. The way I made St. Mike’s my home away from home was just immersing myself in the experience, trying to become active in the community and getting to know as many people as possible. Getting to know what the people are like and all-in-all trying to be a participant.
Do you have plans to give back?
Yeah. Because of where I am from, if people are overtly nice to you, then you feel like they want something from you. When I came here and saw that people are genuinely nice, accepting and open, I wanted to reciprocate. I wanted to be a role model for incoming first-year students. That is part of the reasons why I became a RA; I wanted to mentor and teach incoming student from my mistakes. I had a very big learning curve last year so I want to be there for incoming freshmen to let them know that they have a big brother support. I had that my freshmen year and that’s part of what keeps me here. I recently started a club; it’s called the gaming club and it’s meant to be for people who may not be as social and who may not want to do things on the weekend. I ultimately just want to give people a social outlet that they could plug into and feel refreshed after a while.
Do you have anything else to add?
I definitely would recommend it (St. Mike's) to a lot of people, especially people back home. We're used to the urban environment and this as comfortable as we can get to the wilderness and the rural atmosphere without stepping too far outside our comfort zone. I would definitely recommend it; it really teaches you a world outside of the stress and the constant bustle. You learn a sort of calmness and serenity, and how to take things slow. I'm grateful that St. Mike's taught me that, it definitely opened up my window a little bit.