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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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The fresh rays of a springtime sun were shining on the April day that I visited St. Lawrence University for an Admitted Students Open House during my senior year of high school. During this visit, I would go on to taste the full experience that a student here could expect.
Every day at five o’clock, a student bell ringer plays the bells of Gunnison Memorial Chapel. From all across campus you can hear bells chiming, playing everything from the alma mater, to a “Happy Birthday” request, to something that sounds suspiciously like the Flintstones theme song.
When St. Lawrence asks me to participate, my motto is to say yes as often as possible. I think very deeply about the commitment and the impact of what I can offer. I don’t know how to do anything half baked – it’s just not in my DNA.
I was only 15 years old when I left my home in Bosnia for the first time, yet the memory of gearing up to study at United World College in the Netherlands is still crystal clear. What was supposed to be a two-year long study abroad adventure, turned into a six-year journey of a lifetime.
It is 5 a.m. Your alarm goes off. You quickly roll over to turn it off before your roommate wakes up. Turning on the flashlight on your phone, you quietly get ready in the near darkness of your dorm room. It is 5:30 a.m.
When I give tours of St. Lawrence, the most common question I get is, “Okay, so why did you choose to come here?”
I storm into the Student Center out of breath on a particularly crisp December morning. The cold rushes in behind me as I stomp my feet down to try and shed the inch of snow stuck to my boots. At least I’m inside, I thought as I headed up to the third floor.
I was sitting in class when I found out I’d be going abroad. I had been scrolling on Facebook before class starte, and saw a close friend of mine had updated her Facebook status, “So excited to announce that I will be spending next semester in LONDON!” I felt my heart drop into my stomach.
As I went through my wallet, searching for money for my daily coffee run on another hot Cambridge day, I noticed that I hadn’t taken out some Danish Kroner from my three-week Philosophy course in Copenhagen that I had just returned from.
I am that girl who you pass singing on her way to class, on a run, in line for food at Dana Dining Hall, in the shower, with friends on the way to class, and maybe even in a practice room. My preferred way of communication is through music - especially singing.
From the moment I arrived on campus, I knew St. Lawrence was the school for me. From its stunning buildings to the friendly people, SLU had taken my breath away. Now a junior, I’m a chemistry major and an Admissions Ambassador.
As the end of my first semester of senior year quickly approaches, I have begun to reflect more on my time here at SLU and all the special people and experiences that have enriched my life.
TV shows like Bones, House, and Grey’s Anatomy make everyone want to work in science or medicine and I’m convinced those shows make me want to want to be a doctor. Not only this, but STEM majors appear at the top of every “best majors” list.