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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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.
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…”.
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)?
For some people, their dad has an obsession with golf, fishing, or their prized collections of hats and ties. Maybe they have a love for cars, or for cooking on the grill every chance they get. For me, however, I grew up with a father who has a different kind of obsession: his pride for St.
I had decided on St. Lawrence pretty early on in the college decision process. SLU had the three most important things that I was searching for: a friendly atmosphere, a beautiful campus, and a neuroscience major. My plan was to go to St.
I took a deep breath and looked left, then right. This was a sight I hadn’t seen since December 2016. On one side, campus. The back of the library, the chapel steeple, the gray cobblestone entrance to Sykes, and the flagpole just outside it.
Remember the saying, "Don’t judge a book by its cover"? This is exactly what I ask of people when they come to visit me in Canton, New York.
I have been surrounded by St. Lawrence for as long as I can remember. My parents met at SLU. Both of my siblings have graduated from SLU. My family’s closest friends are all Laurentians, and we can hardly go anywhere without meeting a new Laurentian or finding some connection to St. Lawrence.
I love where I grew up and was always content spending time there. But when it came time to look at colleges, I had never left New England. And honestly, I only had my mind set on going to a school in New Hampshire—that really limited my options. Then, along came St. Lawrence.
It’s August 23rd, 85 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and the St. Lawrence campus is already buzzing with energy and excitement for the new year.
There’s only so much you can learn from a college's admissions website or by searching your favorite university and looking through Google Images. It’s a good first look at a college campus and absolutely crucial if you cannot visit, but what if you can take a trip to the colleges on your list?
The soft calls of the Common Loon echo across the lake. Synthetic sleeping bags rustle on the dock as well as in the hammocks stringed between the trees as the lake water gently laps against the side of the dock.
If you ask anyone on campus, “What’s the best thing about SLU?” their answer often has something to do with our community. Starting from the First-Year Orientation, the FYP, the different sports teams, clubs and even the dining hall, we meet people and make friends.