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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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An entrance sign that says "St. Lawrence University"

Twelve college applications submitted and endless road trips later, the summers going into my junior and senior year became a time where I had more questions than answers; questions such as, do you want to go to a small or large school? Are you trying to play sports in college?

Woman standing on cliff near an ocean with her arms up

I’m lying on a surfboard paddling into an oncoming wave. I reach it just as it crests and I slide over it into calmer waters below. Turning around, I paddle back to India, one of our instructors, so she can help me time the next wave and give me a push into it.

Young woman sitting on a rocky coast
Emma Greenough, Class of 2018

Little did I know that when I crossed that bone-chilling jetway onto my EI 137 in Boston heading for Dublin in January of 2017 that I would be repeating that same journey a year and a half later.

Person climbing a rock
AJ Pratt, Class of 2020

Picture yourself waist deep in Jackson Hole powder or atop a beautiful rock climb in Joshua Tree National Park. Here at St. Lawrence University you can receive REAL college credit for these adventures. These might be some of the most extraordinary classrooms in the world. The St.

Two girls standing together
Kelsey Mattison, Class of 2018

When I came to St. Lawrence as a first year, I was a bit hesitant to get too involved in the dance community on campus. But, by the end of my first year I was missing the stage. So when registration came around, I signed up for Beginning Ballet.

Salad buffet bar
Meca-Gaye Francis, Class of 2020

When I came to St. Lawrence, my diet changed quite a bit. I knew that I might have to give up my regular indulgence in traditional Jamaican dishes like Ackee and Saltfish, Curry Goat, and Jerk Pork. What I did not know, however, is that I would finally develop a liking for salads. Yes, salads.

A view of trees and rivers from a higher elevation
Ethan Collins, Class of 2018

At St. Lawrence, there are numerous opportunities to get outside - whether it be an afternoon walk down the Avenue of the Elms or a wilder adventure into the Adirondacks. However, time to do so can only occur if you take care of all your academics first.

Group of students wearing brown t-shirts
Lauren Weeks, Class of 2018

It wasn’t the professors, or even the course I was taking, that made my First-Year Program (FYP) experience so memorable. The group of unfamiliar people that I would soon come to associate with laughter, comfort and never-ending conversation enriched my first year at St.

A group photo
Connor McSweeney, Class of 2018

It’s always an amazing moment when your friends and family gather together to celebrate what you love. Now, normally this kind of sentimentality is reserved for weddings and funerals, but here at St.

Group of students in front of a building
Jennifer Kim, Class of 2018

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.