Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Let the countdown begin!

With nine days until I return to SMC's campus, I thought I'd finally write about why I love this school so much.  As many of my close friends know, I CAN'T WAIT to get back to campus.  There is so much to look forward to, and I am really excited to jump right back into everything.
First, I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends.  The community at Saint Mike's is one of my favorite things about the school.  I have made some of my best friends in college.  The best part about Saint Mike's community is that everyone is so friendly and willing to help one another.  I have found that Saint Mike's is not cliquy like high school.  Another big difference is you are living with all these people so you are forming much different (and sometimes tighter) friendships.  I love all the friends I have made at Saint Mike's and I can't wait to see all of them.
I can't wait for my classes this semester! I am taking three journalism classes and honors colloquium, so I will have a full schedule, but I am really looking forward to diving into all my studies. (Some would call me a geek, but I just think I have a good reason to be this way.) The professors at Saint Mike's are awesome and so personable.  The best thing about them is they are more than willing to help their students out, but the students need to ask for the help.  I think I've only had one professor that I haven't really enjoyed at my three years at Saint Mike's, but this professor was teaching the wrong sized class.  That's pretty good if you think about it that only 1 teacher out of probably over 20 that I've had was less than satisfactory.  I really enjoy the classes at Saint Mike's so I'm looking forward to delving into everything.
The surrounding area is wonderful as well.  There is always something to do in Burlington, whether it be eating at one of the restaurants, going to the Saturday morning farmer's markets in the fall, grabbing some Ben and Jerry's ice cream, or just hanging out at the lake front.  With all of the activities on campus on top of that, you will never be at a loss of things to do.  As a girl who loves to be busy and go on adventures, I am totally psyched to get back up there.
Finally, I'm excited for all my extracurricular activities.  I am the co-president of the tap club at SMC, so I am excited to share the tap steps I learned this summer with all the members.  It has been such an awesome experience to be the founder and leader of a club at SMC, and I really love how dedicated all the members are to the club.  I'm also excited to be an editor on The Defender staff.  I LOVE writing and reporting and I'm excited to be able to take on somewhat of a leadership position on the staff.  Being a blogger this year is also very exciting, as well as taking part in some of the community service activities MOVE offers during the year.
As you get closer to starting your 4 years at Saint Michael's, I just want to say this.  Your college experience is what you make it.  Don't be afraid to try new things or talk to people you wouldn't normally talk to.  Dive right in because Saint Mike's has so much to offer.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

This is my first (and best) friend Mike on pre-orientation day before our freshman year.  He will be a freshman RA in Lyons hall this year. 
This is my floor and me on one of our floor outings at the beginning of freshman year.  We went to Papa Frank's for dinner in Winooski.  I lived with 7 of the girls from that floor last year and will be living with 3 different girls from the same floor this year.

This is me and my freshman roommate Sam.  We became fast friends during freshman year, and we are still very good friends.  This was taken on a "roomie date" we had during the fall.

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