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The SLU Starter Pack

Nicole Greene
2021

I never imagined myself going to college on the East Coast, let alone somewhere where you pass a horse and buggy on the side of the road while driving 50 mph next to it! This is the true signal that you have arrived in Canton, New York. Coming from Park City, Utah, I knew it was going to be a big transition for various reasons. The climate, people, landscapes and even cultural aspects all feel different to me and have taken some getting used to. I'll admit, the first few months of my time at SLU were filled with phrases like, “These aren’t mountains, these are hills!” and “I don’t know how you deal with this humidity ALL year-round!” However, as I have spent more time in the North Country, I have begun to appreciate and accept the differences that living in the East has versus the West. I would even go as far as to say that I actually enjoy the opportunities that going to school across the country has provided me.

Although I don’t have a single regret about coming to school in the East, there are a few things that I would have liked to know before moving to the North Country that I want to provide to prospective students looking to make the transition a bit smoother. So, I have decided to create a survival guide/starter pack that will guarantee to set you up for success during your time at St. Lawrence! 

The SLU Starter Pack:

1. You will most definitely be needing a sturdy pair of waterproof boots, like Blundstones or Bean Boots, in order to set yourself up for success at SLU. These shoes are not only extremely durable, with a great sole for traction on ice and snow, but they are also fashionable and are a great pairing to any outfit. They will keep your feet dry and warm in the negative degree, blowing sideways snowstorms in the middle of February or walking through puddles in the down pour rainstorm in late April. They are even the perfect shoe for the beautiful sunny days throughout the fall and spring. They are so versatile that you can even get away with wearing them to a fraternity formal! A truly well-rounded investment.

2. A large fan that can comfortably fit in your dorm room is key. The climate in the North Country can become humid and hot, especially at night, for you West Coast dry-climaters, trust me, it is nice to have a fan by your bed that can circulate air and help keep you cool.

3. Another item that I find very useful during the winter months s a long-puffy jacket, otherwise known as “the mom coat.” I have found that that few extra inches of puffy material covering your thighs and knees makes a world of difference on the days where the temperatures are below your average cold day. I am unsure of how this coat became trademarked with the phrase “mom coat” but moms are cool! So, don’t let that deter you from thinking they are out of style in any sort. They are a true game changer.

4. Bug Spray! As someone who spends a lot of their time outside whether it be on hiking trips in the Adirondacks or hanging out on the Quad with my friends, the bugs will be out! Coming from Utah where the dry climate limits the amount of bugs present, moving to the East also meant an increase in buginess. A little extra something to take the sting off (literally and figuratively) may be nice.

5. The fifth and final item is mandatory – under no circumstances can you forget to pack your West Coast swag. Because, let’s be real, you know you have it. There is a saying that says, “West coast is best coast,” and although you are moving to the other side of the country, don’t forget that your roots run deep. I love attending school at St. Lawrence for many reasons, one of them being the well-rounded variety of places that the students and professors come from. This is what creates the special and unique community that SLU offers. I feel incredibly lucky to call this place my home away from home, and although it has taken some getting used to, choosing to spend my four years of college at SLU has been the best decision of my life.