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Voices of Experience
LAAers share what they tell high school kids
By Macreena A. Doyle

In the world of "word-of-mouth" marking, Laurentian Admissions Associates could be considered the voices of experience. Across the country, these graduates of the University talk with prospective students in their regions, providing information and answering questions. They must be doing something right, given the record numbers of applications St. Lawrence is receiving. So, what are they saying? What messages resonate most with curious high school students?

We asked a few, and here's what they had to say.

“St. Lawrence is a smaller school where students learn to think. They learn also to develop their communication skills, both oral and written. Also, students at St. Lawrence are able to develop close relationships with faculty and other students. By all measures of quality, St. Lawrence is at the top.”
Kathy Gates '71, Fairway, Kansas

“I think the biggest impact on prospective students is the interaction they have with everyone associated with the University. The college application process these days seems a bit impersonal and what really resonates with young people is our almost ‘old school’ kindness and understanding of their situation and what we can do to help.”
Joe Orlando '87, Sonoma, California

“What differentiates the St. Lawrence experience is learning how to build relationships, which is a useful skill throughout life. The closeness of the St. Lawrence community, whether in Canton or on a program of study abroad, fosters this. My freshman dorm, my fraternity and a year on the program in France were very different experiences, but all shared this theme of connecting people both in and out of the classroom. While a lot of schools try to do this, St. Lawrence gets it right.”
Christian Lund '93, Fairfield, Connecticut

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