What brought you to Saint Michael's College? How did you choose?
I’m a big snowboarder, so I knew I wanted to be somewhere in Vermont, or at least in New England. My Junior year of high school I visited St. Mike’s on a big New England College tour I was doing with my parents. We were in admissions, and they were telling us about the Edmundite Campus Ministry and how one of the priests was from New Jersey. My dad asked the name of the priest, and it ended up being Father Brian, who my dad went to high school with. We met up with him, and he talked me into the school. I also got a lot of money from St. Mike’s, so I thought it would be a perfect fit.
What’s one incredible memory or experience you have had here?
ShredMC does Jibfest every year, which is a big skiing and snowboarding contest out on the 300's field. It’s a lot of work: months of planning and building structures, fundraising, and getting snow in from different places. When I was a freshman, I thought it would be a great way to get involved. I didn’t really expect anything to come of it, because I figured the older guys at St. Mike’s would beat me, but I ended up placing third in the contest, which was really surprising. It was really cool doing so well in that contest as a freshman and getting to hang out with the older guys, and now I’m a leader of that club.
What’s been your favorite class so far?
Probably Management with Professor Brosh Teucher. We did a really cool semester long project, where we essentially created a product from scratch. We designed a product, actually developed it, and then were able to sell it on campus. It could have been either a product, a service, or an event. My group did a charity rock climbing event and ended up raising like 3,000 dollars for two charities that we were working with. It was just a really good event, not only because we raised a lot of money for these two great charities that we found, but also because it really emphasized everything that we learned in class. It was a lot of real world application of things like how to be a manager, how to market, and how to manage a company or project.
Do you have a favorite professor?
I have multiple favorite professors. My advisor, Professor Tom Van Dzura, is great. He’s just a really nice, relatable person. I also had Professor Steven Doyon for Accounting, and he’s a great guy who really knows what he’s talking about. He’s also really encouraging, and if it doesn’t seem like you’re getting it, he’s always there to say “keep working at it, you got this”. I also had Professor Nelson for Marketing, and she was awesome. She actually worked in the Ski industry before becoming a professor, so I related to her a lot because I want to get into marketing in the ski and snowboard industry. Working with her really helped me, and put a lot of things in perspective.
Do you intend to study abroad?
I don’t intend to study abroad, just because I’m a business major and it makes more sense for me to get multiple internships and gain experience working in my field. One of the things I actually learned in Professor Teucher’s class is that when companies are looking to hire students right out of college, study abroad is something they look at, but it’s definitely ranked lower than having internships or work experience, so for me it’s just not practical. But for a sociology or psychology major, or something like that, it might work perfectly.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I really like going out in nature, and hanging out in the woods and in the mountains. I do a lot of hiking, fishing, snowboarding, and stuff like that. When it’s nice out, my friends and I go down to Burlington to go skateboarding at a few of the skate parks. There are always great shows down in Burlington at the music venues, too.
Why did you choose to major in business?
I knew I wanted to do something in snowboarding, and I knew coming out of high school that I wasn’t really one of the top riders. But, I knew that if I developed some kind if business idea around the industry, that would be my way in. So I started thinking of ways I could get my foot in the door, and eventually landed on hopefully one day being able to open my own snowboard manufacturing company. Obviously business is what you need to do for that.
Where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
To do homework, I really like going up to the third floor of Dion, because it has a really nice view of the mountains. Just hanging out, I like to go to my friend rooms. I live in Hodson this year, so I hang out over there a lot, and in the Townhouses. Sometimes my friends and I will go play catch with a football out in the quad.
Do you feel like St. Mike’s has become your home away from home? If so, how did it become that for you?
It really did. I think it really started to happen midway through my sophomore year. By then you really start to know people, to you start to get into a routine, and you understand how the school works. My friends are all here, they’re pretty much my family, and there really is no place I’d rather be, so I’d say it’s definitely become my home away from home. St. Mike’s is really just a good fit for me.
What was the transition into college after leaving home for the first time like for you?
I mean, it was all kind of a blur. It all happened so fast. You just get swept up into orientation weekend, and then you go right into classes and you’re on your way. It’s definitely a time of rapid change, and that really helps you mature, because you have to be on your feet. You’re constantly changing, that’s all part of maturing. That transition was definitely an eye opening experiencing and helped me grow a lot.
What would you say to prospective students about the college process, particularly those that might be interested in St. Mike’s?
I would just say that it really helps to know where you want to be in terms of region and state, or even what you wanted to be surrounded by, like beaches or mountains. That really helps in terms of being comfortable where you are. In terms of looking at a specific school, it should just be somewhere you feel comfortable. It should be somewhere you feel safe, you feel accepted, and where you feel part of a greater community, which is really what St. Mike’s is all about. We’re a really tight knit community – I mean, I can’t walk halfway across campus without seeing five people that I know, and that’s something I really do love about St. Mike’s.
Is there anything you would say to all your fellow St. Mike’s students if you had the opportunity?
I would just say keep doing what you’re doing. We have a really great community here, everyone’s really tightly knit. There are certain friend groups and everything, but at the end of the day we’re not really bound by them. Everyone hangs out with everyone and it’s not a cliquey environment, which is really cool. So I would say keep that community going.