Every year at St. Lawrence, there is a ceremony called “100th Night Before Commencement” for the graduating class to come together and reminisce on the past four years we have shared at this magical place.
Our 100th Night was on Tuesday, February 6. My classmates and I shuffled into the warmth of the Gunnison Memorial Chapel to listen to four of our friends speak about our time at SLU. As I sat surrounded by all of my closest friends, I could not be more grateful that I chose to come to St. Lawrence nearly four years ago.
St. Lawrence is a special place because of the people here.
It goes without saying that the friends I have met at St. Lawrence have made my college experience overwhelmingly positive. In the past four years, we have danced the night away at Fall Fest and Spring Fest, trekked up the high peaks of the Adirondacks, lost our voices cheering at athletic events, frolicked through Europe together while studying abroad, and even survived seven Finals Weeks! It is the strangest feeling to know we will not be living within a one-mile radius from each other – but I am convinced there will be many exciting reunions in the years to come.
A few professors at St. Lawrence have also made a huge impact on my academic career. From discussing study abroad programs to working as a social media co-chair for her production, I have found many opportunities to enrich my academics with my advisor Dr. Jen Thomas’ guidance. Additionally, after taking four classes with Professor Erik Johnson, I am currently working on a Senior Year Experience (SYE) Honors Project under his supervision, which will serve as a capstone for my undergraduate years.
As an Admissions Ambassador, I also have the pleasure of working with the friendly Admissions staff. We often interact with our supervisors and staff while working in small “pod” groups or coordinating Admissions events. Getting to know everyone in the office has made my on-campus job feel almost like a fun hobby.
Our alumni are a testament to the tight-knit community here at St. Lawrence. Currently ranked #3 in the nation for the Best Alumni Network by The Princeton Review, St. Lawrence alumni have a big presence on campus. They not only travel to Canton for networking receptions and career panels, but they also Skype students and help us land amazing summer internships and jobs.
Most of all, our community is full of genuinely friendly people. Decades after graduating, our alumni are still looking out for fellow Laurentians. Although there are less than 100 nights left of college, I know the relationships I’ve made at St. Lawrence are life-long.