The St. Lawrence Blog

Who is St. Lawrence University? We are a group of people with countless adventures and even more stories. The St. Lawrence Blog gives our students, faculty and staff the chance to tell their tales, in their own words and in their own way. Sharing these anecdotes in one place gives our community the chance to show how creative, daring and passionate we are about what we do. Alone, these stories are powerful; together they define St. Lawrence.

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Colorful leaves on trees

In the 5th grade, I announced to my mom that I wouldn’t be going to college.  “Does everyone HAVE to go?’ I queried.  My older sister’s knowing smile (or maybe it was a sneer) crept across her face as she parroted, “Yes. YOU HAVE to go!” My stomach sank.

A group of students outside a house
Mishell Manrique, Class of 2019

On Saturday, October 21, nearly 240 students participated in the national Make A Difference Day, also known as MADD. This day is celebrated across the country in which universities come together through service.

Student looking into mircoscope
Thoin Begum, Class of 2018

Star gazing at midnight, s’mores and friends, and a barbecue every week pretty much sums up my summer.  This summer I was on campus monitoring wild bee diversity in ornamental gardens alongside approximately 50 other students. My research was funded by the Ronald E.

A group of students eating pizza
Emma Stechschulte , Class of 2019

St. Lawrence offers students the opportunity to take classes on “the inside." Each semester, professors from departments such as English, chemistry, the First-Year Program and history offer a learning experience like no other.

Picture of a college campus with a light dusting of snow

Picture this: It’s the end of November of your senior year of high school and you already know where you are going to college the next fall. That was what the college application and admission process was like for me during my senior year. But, why did I decide to go Early Decision (ED)?

A group of students studying outside

What is the college experience? It's exciting, it's exhausting, it's amazing, and, at times, it can be overwhelming. From the anxieties of your first big exam, to the adjustment period that comes with living in a dorm, being far from home for the first time can be full of ups and downs.

Advocates Family Dinner
Sadaf Delawar, Class of 2019

Scenic views, fresh crisp air, and crackling fires while making s’mores were all a part of my recent trip, the Advocates Annual Retreat to Canaras. Being a part of the Advocates program for the past year has been one of the best parts of my St. Lawrence experience.

Student looks at map
Celeste Holland, Class of 2019

Students often talk about how the Adirondacks are in our backyard, and this connection is captured in the “A Tribute” song which describes St. Lawrence as “Nestling ‘neath the purple shadows of the Adirondack hills; Lies our noble Alma Mater…”.

Portrait of a female college student
Maddie St. Pierre, Class of 2018

St. Lawrence is undeniably special with signature aspects you can’t find anywhere else. We’re located in an area referred to as the North Country- the real Upstate, New York! The North Country is the perfect backyard for adventure-seeking outdoor enthusiasts to explore.

Two male teammates standing together

My biggest concern while searching for colleges was the potential to be involved outside of just academics and athletics.

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