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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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Carling Walsh, Class of 2019

Wednesday, August 26, 2015: My third day as a student at St. Lawrence University. Amidst the loud cheers of Orientation Leaders and the nervous chatter among new classmates, I clung to my first new First-Year Program (FYP) friend during the final round of Orientation icebreakers.

1. Orientation leaders march off with their FYP students at the 2015 Matriculation ceremony. (Photo by Tara Freeman/St. Lawrenc
Elizabeth Palmer, Class of 2019

Pub cookies, candlelight and the alma mater. These are the things that come to mind when I think back on the many events and traditions that I have attended as a Laurentian.

Two girls on top of a mountain.

I am often asked what my favorite aspect of St. Lawrence is. My go-to answer is the community; I love my friends and the greater St. Lawrence community because it is active, people are excited about what they are doing and what others are doing, and are generally outdoorsy and motivated.

Male student standing outside a hockey rink
Thomas Allerton, Class of 2019

Before coming to St. Lawrence, I viewed hockey as just another sport.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy keeps track of the animals movement into and out of the conservancy.

What do a biology and GIS professor have in common? A love for Kenya. St. Lawrence University is well known for its study abroad programs and the students are known for utilizing the opportunities to the utmost extent.

Class of 2018 Matriculation
Maeve Walsh, Class of 2017

Alma Mater (Latin: alma “nourishing”, mater “mother”). In contemporary usage, the Alma Mater is a school or university an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with that school. According to its original Latin, Alma Mater translates literally to “nourishing mother”.

Group of hockey athletes.
Isaac Lewis, Class of 2018

The Saints hockey season for both the men’s and women’s teams is in full swing and SLU students have been filing in and out of Appleton Arena every weekend.  What many of these students do not know is that the ice at Appleton Arena is not used exclusively for varsity hockey.  Appleton Aren

The beauty of the winter in the North Country.
Hannah Kingsley, Class of 2018

“Is there anything to do off campus?” This is a question that I am often asked when I am giving a tour to a prospective student and their family. But this is understandable, since at a first glance it seems as though St. Lawrence University is in the middle of nowhere.

Men on ice waiting for a hockey game to begin
Laura Jennings, Class of 2018

When you first imagine Upstate New York, you may picture rural farmlands and your typical Small Town, USA, with not a whole lot to do. In part, this is true; however, I have never had a problem finding something to do in Canton, the small town that houses St. Lawrence University.

Girl visiting India
Floor Fiers, Class of 2019

The small cottage seems even smaller in the immense Himalayan valley. As I bend my head and enter the doorway, the darkness of the only room in the building and the intense sound of what appears to me as uncontrollable drumming overwhelm me.