The following are the top 10 reasons that I love St. Lawrence, and many are reasons that you would, too. They're in no particular order, and I hope if you're making your college decision right now, these help!
The St. Lawrence campus is one of the most picturesque places in the North Country, no matter what season it is. In the fall, the bright foliage is a sight to see, with the trees ignited in limitless shades of scarlet and yellow. In winter, all of the roofs are covered in a thick layer of fluffy snow, as is the ground. If you're in to Instagram like I am, then no matter what the season is, the campus is one of the most Instagram-able places I've ever been. Instead of me trying to describe it to you, just check out some of the pictures people have tagged using #StLawrenceU on Instagram, they speak for themselves.
Whether they're students or alumni, Laurentians are generally some of the best people around. Everyone I know here at St. Lawrence has a story of when they wore a piece of St. Lawrence clothing in a public place, and had someone spot them who went to St. Lawrence. The alumni are often eager to tell you about how much they loved their time at St. Lawrence, and wonder what has changed on campus since the last time they visited. These little encounters, while short, are meaningful and remind you of just how great a community you're part of.
If you get bored on campus at St. Lawrence, chances are you're doing something wrong. Between club meetings, events, and all of the sports taking place on campus, there is certainly no shortage of things to do. In fact, we get an email every morning listing everything that is going on for the day on campus, so you have no excuse for missing out!
The Adirondack Chairs
On the other hand, sometimes you just want to relax after a long day of class and meetings. During the warmer months, our campus facilities staff sprinkle wooden Adirondack chairs throughout campus, giving you plenty of places to sit down and enjoy your free time. The big comfy chairs inside the Student Center are the perfect way to spend an afternoon taking a nap or socializing with friends while enjoying the great outdoors.
Pub cookies are one of the best ways to consume half your daily caloric intake in one sitting. If you're having a bad day, a Pub cookie will immediately make you forget any troubles you were having.
During your time here at St. Lawrence, chances are you'll find a professor that really resonates with you, who makes you want to be a better student. For me, that professor has helped guide me through my time here and immensely improved my writing and public speaking skills. I've also come to enjoy history, the subject that she teaches, so much that I decided to minor in it in addition to my major in computer science.
Everyone on tour is always fascinated by the "Treehouses" in our library, which are really cool study spots. However, these aren't the only great study spaces on campus. The library is loaded with tons of secluded spots where you can get your work done. Library not your thing? Try the third floor of the student center where there is plenty of tables and chairs to get work done. You can check out a good collection of them here. My favorite? I like doing work in the Brewer Bookstore cafe. The aroma of coffee in the air and the background noise of the bookstore put me in my most productive state.
The North Country
I'm from Massena, N.Y.; a town about 30 minutes from campus. Even though I've lived in the area most of my life, I'm still amazed at the natural beauty and abundance of things to do in the area. I get asked on almost every tour I give, "What is there to do around here?" Well, if you can't find something to do on campus, there are so many different things you can do off campus. Go kayaking in the Grasse River, climb a mountain in the Adirondacks, go skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, or go have a barbecue with friends in one of the parks in Canton.
St. Lawrence has always been proud of our traditions that we have on campus, and this is often the subject of those conversations with alumni I mentioned earlier. In fact, we value some of our traditions so much, we go to great lengths to ensure the continuation of them even when the circumstances are taken out of our control. A fire during the fall semester in the steeple of our campus chapel temporarily silenced the bells that ring every day at 5 p.m. However, the forced silence of the bells themselves didn't actually silence our chapel bells at all, since our Information Technology department ensured that the bells will continue to ring by installing speakers that play a recording of the chapel bells every day until the chapel is repaired.
And finally… The Uniqueness of Everyone's Experiences
The nine things listed above are my personal favorite parts of St. Lawrence, but there are so much more to St. Lawrence then them. So I'm leaving this open for you to fill with your own experience that you can have here at St. Lawrence. I'm challenging you to create your own Top 10 list while you're here; or if you're an alum, think about what your Top 10 list was while you were a student here at St. Lawrence.