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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As a senior in high school, I was wide-eyed and confused by the college process. I visited school after school, hoping to have that “aha” moment, the moment I would know I had found the perfect fit. I went on countless tours and sat in on innumerable info sessions.
If you are anything like me and love this place (or want to love this place), I have a few things that you might find useful. Here, are some of my insights into how to maximize your time at this "hidden gem.” 1) Recognize your privilege, and make good use of it!
While St. Lawrence is typically thought of for its northern locale, there are certainly days in the early fall and late spring that feel more like the peak of summer. On these bluebird days, one of my favorite things to do is to spend time around the Grasse River, a tributary of the St.
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…”.
St. Lawrence is undeniably special with signature aspects you can’t find anywhere else. We’re located in an area referred to as the North Country- the real Upstate, New York! The North Country is the perfect backyard for adventure-seeking outdoor enthusiasts to explore.
My biggest concern while searching for colleges was the potential to be involved outside of just academics and athletics.
For some people, their dad has an obsession with golf, fishing, or their prized collections of hats and ties. Maybe they have a love for cars, or for cooking on the grill every chance they get. For me, however, I grew up with a father who has a different kind of obsession: his pride for St.
I had decided on St. Lawrence pretty early on in the college decision process. SLU had the three most important things that I was searching for: a friendly atmosphere, a beautiful campus, and a neuroscience major. My plan was to go to St.
I took a deep breath and looked left, then right. This was a sight I hadn’t seen since December 2016. On one side, campus. The back of the library, the chapel steeple, the gray cobblestone entrance to Sykes, and the flagpole just outside it.
Remember the saying, "Don’t judge a book by its cover"? This is exactly what I ask of people when they come to visit me in Canton, New York.
I have been surrounded by St. Lawrence for as long as I can remember. My parents met at SLU. Both of my siblings have graduated from SLU. My family’s closest friends are all Laurentians, and we can hardly go anywhere without meeting a new Laurentian or finding some connection to St. Lawrence.
I love where I grew up and was always content spending time there. But when it came time to look at colleges, I had never left New England. And honestly, I only had my mind set on going to a school in New Hampshire—that really limited my options. Then, along came St. Lawrence.
It’s August 23rd, 85 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and the St. Lawrence campus is already buzzing with energy and excitement for the new year.