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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Girl reading with a stack of books on the table nearby

When people talk about academic requirements, it’s usually with some kind of negative mindset. At first glance, requirements seem like a student’s worst nightmare: just boxes you have to check off in order to get on with what you really want to do.

Several students standing for a group photo
Imman Merdanovic, Class of 2017

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.

Sunrise over a river
Vina Smith, Class of 2018

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.

Two girls together holding a pennant.

When I give tours of St. Lawrence, the most common question I get is, “Okay, so why did you choose to come here?” 

Blue socks with bears on them.
Jacqui Ebeling, Class of 2017

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.

University sign covered in snow

I was sitting in class when I found out I’d be going abroad. I had been scrolling on Facebook before class started, 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.

A hand holding foreign currency

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.

People in a church
Emma Greenough, Class of 2018

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.

St. Lawrence is one of the closest liberal arts schools to the Adirondacks!

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.

Group photo of young people
Julia Mitiguy, Class of 2017

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.