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)?
After four years on the St. Lawrence student newspaper staff, I now have something important in common with Liam Neeson: a very particular set of skills.Writing, editing, designing and promoting The Hill News has exposed me to nearly every facet of weekly newspaper production.
There are a few things I would never have said about myself before coming to St. Lawrence. A self-proclaimed city girl, I would never have told you I like living in a small town where I can see stars when I walk home from the library at night.
Needless to say, St. Lawrence is a big skiing school (we have an entire day where we rent out a ski mountain for goodness’ sake!). However, just because you don’t ski doesn’t mean there isn't plenty for you to do during the long North Country winter!
St. Lawrence provides students with the opportunity to experience off campus study. More than 60 percent of St. Lawrence students study off campus during their time at SLU. This past fall, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I believe one of our biggest purposes in life is to use whatever gifts we have been given, however big or small they may be, to help those who are less fortunate. That can mean helping those who are rich, those who are poor, those who are sad or those who are hungry.
It’s hard to say exactly what you’ll find in your four-year adventure here at SLU. There are so many different opportunities that the experience offers. As an English major and a general lover of books, however, I’ve always looked for good advice in the pages I read.
Are you considering hibernating this winter? Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be more active? Do you like being outside and exploring?
A common question I am asked from prospective students and families is, “What made you choose St. Lawrence?” A fair question, especially after learning I grew up in central Ohio and make the full-day drive to campus several times a semester.
My college search process involved visiting over 20 colleges, some more than once. However, after I visited St. Lawrence University for the first time, the campus and the people continued to stay with me. I found myself comparing every other campus to SLU.
St. Lawrence University gives students so many opportunities to branch out and enrich their academic experience. One of the most exciting opportunities does not happen on the St. Lawrence campus, but in other cities, states and countries!