Comings & Goings, Revisited
By Sarah Kiff '02
In last spring's St. Lawrence we interviewed several graduating seniors
and incoming first-year students, promising to check back with them
in a year. Are they still on the same paths? The lines in italics under
their names summarize what our subjects said they intended to do, whether
in their first year at St. Lawrence or in their first year after. We've
kept our promise
Track, English and the sciences
Andrew Dana, of Gouverneur, N.Y., found his courses, such as American
literature, more demanding than he had expected, but otherwise he feels
he has adjusted well. With so many options available to him, he is taking
his time considering his major. Last fall, he was honored as the top
first-year student on the cross country team.
Rachel Jones '04
Pre-med, track, biology
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rachel Jones avoids getting
homesick by staying busy and relying on the close friendships she has
established. In the fall semester, she played intramural soccer and
broomball while learning to keep up with her studies. She says she enjoys
the First-Year Program as well as the courses she has taken as she works
toward medical school after St. Lawrence.
Brian Lind '04
Outdoor studies, community service, varied academic interests
Brian, a Delmar, N.Y., resident, joined the Outing Club immediately
upon arriving on campus, and was an Outdoor Program guide in the spring.
He also became involved with Habitat for Humanity, working with the
group in Alabama during Spring Break [confirm this after Break]. He
has developed a strong interest in psychology and has decided to pursue
it further as a possible major.
Jim McManus '04
Soccer, history, pre-law, campus diversity issues
Although St. Lawrence is markedly different from his native Brooklyn,
Jim McManus reports that he adjusted well to life on campus. The epitome
of the liberal arts student, he is leaning toward a major in biology
to support his pre-med interests and will add a minor in history in
case he opts to pursue pre-law. Wanting to establish himself academically,
Jim kept a low profile last fall. He did, however, identify many future
interests, such as track, soccer, and campus political organizations.
Peter Wilson '04
Peter Wilson started on the "A" squad for the golf team and
worked in the new indoor golf training center (see "Construction
Update," St. Lawrence, winter 2001) and for Calling All Saints.
A Canton native, he continues playing drums in local bands, which keeps
him busy every weekend performing and recording a CD. He retains pre-law
as his focus, and has developed an interest in psychology.
Krystina Gotsch '04
Softball, sports management or psychology
In adjusting to college, a major change that Krystina Gotsch has noticed
is the need for time management. Playing on the softball team took up
most of her free time in the spring, so she found she must plan carefully
to complete her ever-growing workload. She was excited about taking
so many different classes, planning to pursue all of her many interests
until "the right one to focus on jumps out" at her. She found
the residential aspect of the First-Year Program to be an ideal way
to make friends.
Soccer, ice hockey, softball, community service, pre-med, psychology
Jacky Gillis's roommate has become "my best friend on campus,"
she says. This relationship, and the friendliness of the University
that it represents, is one reason she loves St. Lawrence and actively
promotes it in her hometown, Greenwich, Conn. Gillis took courses in
biology, politics and psychology in her first semester, and was pleased
at how much she enjoyed them. She also played intramural broomball and
flag football, and hopes to get involved with Habitat for Humanity eventually.
Joseph Frankel '04
Mountain climbing, Outdoor Program, government, history
Joseph Frankel did not spend one single weekend on campus last fall;
instead, he went climbing in the Adirondacks. With such an avid interest
in the outdoors, he planned to participate in the guide training course
offered by the Outdoor Program in the spring. He is leaning toward a
government major, and in his first year took courses in politics, the
U.S. government and mathematical modeling of the environment.
Spanish, math, tennis
Johnna nigh traveled extensively on her winter break from St. Lawrence,
venturing to places like Tennessee, North Carolina, Massachusetts and
Canada. Still, she says she loves St. Lawrence and could not imagine
herself anywhere else. She enjoyed each of her courses, including Spanish,
calculus, and environmental studies in addition to her First-Year Program.
She thinks about heading into a science field, but says, "the door
is still wide open." Nigh stayed busy in the spring as a member
of the First-Year Council, and as the top player on the women's tennis
Psychology, computer science, baseball, diversity organizations
Vaughn Oliver admits to suffering mild culture shock coming to St. Lawrence
from New York City, but says he has made the adjustment well. Although
colder weatherwise than he expected, he says St. Lawrence has offered
him exactly what he was looking for, especially academically. Oliver
took psychology, computer science and sociology in addition to the FYP,
citing sociology as the field he may pursue further. He joined the baseball
team and hopes to become more involved with clubs and organizations
on campus as he settles in.
Writing, math, tennis, volleyball, skiing
After taking a year off to attend a private ski school in Utah, Elizabeth
"Steelie" Jenkins had a difficult time readjusting to a more
rigorous academic lifestyle, but says she was "amazed" at
all the help available at St. Lawrence. A self-described go-getter,
Steelie took a course load including economics and public speaking,
successfully enlisting the aid of peer tutors and the staff of the academic
skills office. She also played on the women's tennis team, earning the
Most Improved Player award.
Sara Constantine '00
Veterinary medicine, medical illustration
It took a high level of confidence for Sara Constantine to change her
career focus last May. Constantine put on hold her plans to attend Cornell
Veterinary School in order to pursue her interest in medical illustration.
She says she was thrilled to discover the opportunity to combine her
love of art with her passion for science. She has applied to Johns Hopkins
University and the Medical University of Georgia to pursue her newfound
interest, while working in her hometown of Syracuse, N.Y.
Kris Margherio '00
Law school, public policy
Kris Margherio, class valedictorian and member of the men's hockey team,
is a corporate paralegal for a law firm in Palo Alto, Cal. He believes
that St. Lawrence prepared him well for his life, "not only with
the requisite tools in the classroom, but also by fostering the ability
to work well in the group settings of the business world." St.
Lawrence brought out his appreciation for analytical thinking and using
collaboration to solve problems, as well as teaching him to appreciate
new settings and challenges, he says.
Josh Stearns '00
Graduate school, environmental education and writing, volunteering
Josh Stearns has a strong sense of community, which he says St. Lawrence
nurtured through encouraging him to live with a close-knit group of
people who came together for a common purpose. He lives in Long Lake,
in the central Adirondacks, while volunteering with the Student Conservation
Association and teaching conservation at Tupper Lake Elementary School.
He also published a book of poetry, entitled Under the Bark, online.
Andrew Wadoski '00
Graduate studies in English literature
Andrew Wadoski decided to take a year off from school after graduation,
but has since realized how much he loves the academic environment. He
lives in Burlington, Vt., and spent the snowy winter on the trail crew
at Still Mountain Ski Resort. He has applied to the English literature
graduate programs at Boston College, Cornell, McGill University, Harvard,
the University of Rochester, the University of Utah and Colorado State
University at Boulder; he plans to complete his Ph.D. and become an
Patrick Olwana '00
Financial management at General Electric
Patrick Olwana is working for GE Transportation Systems as a financial
analyst. The opportunities he took advantage of at St. Lawrence unquestionably
prepared him for his career, he says, crediting his economics and accounting
professors for shaping him academically and leadership positions for
preparing him for the issues he faces every day. Although the transition
from college life to a full-time career was challenging, it was a challenge
he anticipated and was ready for, he says.
Diana Walden '00
Environmental studies, biology
Diana Walden did not have a solid direction upon graduation, but is
happy as an environmental scientist at the BSC Group office in Worcester,
Mass. Living in Grafton, Mass., Walden confesses to nostalgia for St.
Lawrence. She says the University prepared her well for her position
academically by developing her field research and writing skills. Walden
says she plans to continue her education in environmental studies after
gaining a few years of job experience.
Sascha Werner '00
Sascha Werner is taking a leave of absence from Virginia Commonwealth
University's counseling psychology Ph.D. program and working for Randolph-Macon
College in Ashland, Va., as an assistant to the director of admissions,
and on weekends as an academic consultant at George Wythe High School.
Werner plans to work in an applied setting in mental health. She has
found that she cannot duplicate the environment she loved at St. Lawrence,
where her commitment to health and nutrition and fondness for creative
writing were established.
Booth Platt '00
Barkeater Woodworks (Adirondack furniture business), geology
Booth Platt spent his summer on a canoeing trip to Canada escaping forest
fires, and on an educational cruise to Alaska. After these excursions,
he headed out to Lake Tahoe, Cal., with a few friends to pursue his
lifelong dream of being a ski instructor there. Platt is right where
he wants to be as he figures out what to do next, he says. Although
his furniture company, which made some of the Adirondack chairs that
can be seen on campus, is still running, it is taking a back seat to
his geologic interests. After he attended a Geological Society of America
conference in Reno, Platt's interest in fossil mites was re-ignited
at a meeting with St. Lawrence professors and alumni, who helped him
set up a presentation of his thesis next winter in Buffalo.
Alison Cleary '00
Law school, leadership positions
Alison Cleary is attending the University of Buffalo Law School with
a few fellow alumni, her roommate being one. She says school is going
well and she is involved with a few clubs and organizations. From her
experience at St. Lawrence, she has decided that "I want to voice
my opinion and be a leader in my field."
Wiley Jones '00
Public relations, law school
Wiley Jones is working for WashingtonPost.com as a consultant, inputting
events into the entertainment section of the newspaper's Web page. After
a stint in public relations, he decided it was not for him. He also
dropped thoughts of law school, but with his new experience, Jones is
thinking of pursuing a graduate degree in video streaming. He lives
in Greenbelt, Md., and enjoys its close proximity to the nation's capital.
Monique Nichols '00
Biology, economics, sport & leisure studies, physical therapy,
When it came time to decide on a graduate school, Monique Nichols considered
Duke for physical therapy and Johns Hopkins for health administration.
She chose the latter, and is immersed in the two-year program, preparing
for her residency to begin in July in either Florida or Massachusetts.
The latter is with the same hospital at which she worked over the summer
after she graduated, Massachusetts General, where she assisted in quality
management for radiology and with the Radiology Consulting Group.
Sarah Kiff, of Elmira, N.Y., conducted these interviews during her
Alumni Council-supported internship in St. Lawrence's University communications
office during January 2001.