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Why I'm Glad I Made SLU My Home

Learitza Torres
2020

Times flies when you’re having fun, and oh has it flown by. As my sophomore year comes to an end, I am thinking about the first time I visited St. Lawrence. I knew then that there was no other place I would like to spend the next four years of my life, and boy was I right. St. Lawrence has really given me so many opportunities to come out of my comfort zone, try new things, and get a clearer sense of my career aspirations via its small classes, its liberal arts focus, its amazing networking opportunities, and all the other many things that help students prepare for life after college.

However, besides the obvious great opportunities SLU gives students to prepare themselves for life after college, I also want to share the reasons why St. Lawrence is more than just a place you go to get a degree, but also a community that becomes your home.                                                                                                                                                                                         

The People

I visited St Lawrence for the first time my senior year of high school when I had to make my college decision. I was amazed, not only by the beauty of the campus but also by every person I interacted with. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, and everyone seemed to be an overachiever. Now, I couldn't be prouder to be a part of such a dedicated, passionate, hard-working student body.

The Community
St. Lawrence has a tight-knit community, and anyone you talk to will tell you this. Students are invested in our campus life and nearly every student is involved in something, whether it's a sport, a theme house, a club, or Greek life. St. Lawrence students are passionate and it's easy for you to find a group of people who share your same interests.

You’re Not Just a Number
St. Lawrence is a small school, which allows you to know your classmates, your professors, and even the other staff on campus. You really feel like you’re part of a community at SLU, which is often times not the case at other schools.

The FYP
The First-Year Program is what really makes SLU’s students experience so unique. I was so nervous to come into college without knowing anyone, but that didn't matter because as soon as I moved in I was introduced to my fellow FYP classmates/neighbors and we all shared our college transition experience together. I loved my FYP and I made some of my best friends in it.

The Professors
Professors at St. Lawrence are invested in getting to know their students and in trying to help them achieve their goals. My FYP professors would have board game nights with us. They would come into our residence communal space with pizza and board games and we would have our own college version of a family night. This shows how professors at SLU are invested in your development in and outside of the classroom.

I could go on about the many reasons why I love SLU, but this will have to do it for now. St. Lawrence is my favorite place in the world, and I know even after I graduate this will always feel like home.