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)?
If you were to ask me in my senior year of high school if I thought I would be a sorority girl, my answer would have been a definite no. But it turns out joining Greek life at St. Lawrence was one of the best decisions I could have made.
Pizza, Pasta, and endless Gelato! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my fall semester junior year than studying abroad in Rome. Ever since freshman year, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. The first decision that I had to make was picking a city to pursue my-off campus studies.
There are many things to be considered when it comes down to choosing which university you want to call home for the next four years. Between the “freshman 15” myth and contemplating how you are going to live without your favorite meals from home, food can be a deciding factor.
My hands are clammy, I keep telling myself to sit up straight, and that knot in the pit of my stomach becomes more tangled. That is how all of my interviews go. After spending an hour getting dressed with all the pep talk I could muster up, I’m finally in front of another panel.
Growing up in a traditional European setting, where universities are pretty much all focused around one major, I did not quite understand the point of the liberal arts at first.
St. Lawrence, like any university, has several massive defining days throughout the year. There is the anxious excitement of Matriculation, the camaraderie of the hockey game against Clarkson, the joy of Fall Fest and Spring Fest, and the reflective magnificence of Commencement.
St. Lawrence University is home to some of the most unique college conditions. Our liberal arts campus offers an unparalleled serenity with modern infrastructure juxtaposed against the beauties of nature.
Sitting in a crowd filled with fellow SLU students, all of whom are gasping for a deep breath between bouts of laughter, you would think it would be easy to blend in.
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.
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.