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What It Means to Be a Laurentian

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Yes, we go to school in the middle of nowhere. Yes, it can be extremely cold at times. No, you won’t find any other school like it!

To be a Laurentian in its literal form means that you are in close proximity to the St. Lawrence Seaway. But, to members of the SLU community, it means so much more. It doesn’t matter if you're a first-year, senior or graduated over 50+ years ago, you're a Laurentian. Being a Laurentian means that every single member of the community is madly in love with our institution. Being a Laurentian means that you are wanting to aid all Laurentians in any/every situation when they need your help. Being a Laurentian means that you want to listen to others' experiences and share your own.

The Laurentian community is felt across the globe. There’s no other community where you are stopped at the airport wearing your St. Lawrence sweatshirt by a married couple that graduated back in the 70s. There’s no other community where you start a chairlift ride making awkward small talk and by the end you are talking about how the local bar hasn’t changed since 2000. There’s no other community where you run into a hiker on the Appalachian Trail whose wearing a SLU hat and you make a comment about how you go there, then proceed to talk for two hours about what sort of trips the Outing Club is leading now.

Simply put, Laurentians loves St. Lawrence but, unlike other places, the love for SLU doesn’t halt after leaving St. Lawrence County, if anything, it is amplified. Upon graduation, students are sad to leave the school but they know that no matter how hard they try they can’t leave this community. Here at St. Lawrence, we have lit a candle in the wilderness that shall never be extinguished and with each class that flame grows and burns a little brighter. Once enrolling at SLU, you join this community whether you like it or not. So, be sure to get ready because the love that your going to feel from other Laurentians isn’t like anything you felt before.