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Who is St. Lawrence University? We are a group of people with countless adventures and even more stories. The St. Lawrence Blog gives our students, faculty and staff the chance to tell their tales, in their own words and in their own way. Sharing these anecdotes in one place gives our community the chance to show how creative, daring and passionate we are about what we do. Alone, these stories are powerful; together they define St. Lawrence.
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Alma Mater (Latin: alma “nourishing”, mater “mother”). In contemporary usage, the Alma Mater is a school or university an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with that school. According to its original Latin, Alma Mater translates literally to “nourishing mother”.
When you first imagine Upstate New York, you may picture rural farmlands and your typical Small Town, USA, with not a whole lot to do. In part, this is true; however, I have never had a problem finding something to do in Canton, the small town that houses St. Lawrence University.
Ever since I was young, I felt that I should have been a lot older. Not saying that when I was 10 I should’ve been in college but rather, I should already be well past 100.
Now that I have entered senior year, I have been reflecting on my time here at St. Lawrence. It has been without a doubt the best four years of my life, and a big reason why is because there are a ton of different things to do here. These are some of the highlights of my St.
Being a senior, I find myself reflecting on my childhood a lot. You’re caught in this limbo of “in less than a year I’m going to be an adult” and “one more year to just be a kid.” In my reflection on childhood, I always remembered how excited I was to learn about anything.
As Summer 2016 comes to a close, my excitement to get back to St. Lawrence grows daily. Though always an enthusiastic student before becoming a Laurentian, I had never experienced or witnessed such a large group of students spending the summer counting down the days until school starts.
I will never forget the first time I visited St. Lawrence. It was early fall, when the tall oak and pine trees rustle with the light breeze and the purple flowers billow beneath the chapel. Everyone fit in so well that the students became part of the landscape.
We are all nomads. But I am not simply pigeon-holing the word ‘nomad’ to mean people looking for a new place to live. No, not at all. I’m referring to those wandering souls looking for a new place to cleanse their soul. Probably not that deep.
So you’re thinking about classes, majors and your future. Well, maybe not the last two just yet but it’s that time for you to decide what type of classes you want to take. If you’re a science, biology or chemistry student then you’re in the right place.
The summer months for any St. Lawrence student can easily be categorized by what month it is. For upperclassmen, May is the period of exhaustion and recuperation after taking finals, moving out, and saying goodbye to friends who are graduating.
Two weeks before I arrived as a first-year at St. Lawrence, I received an unexpected phone call asking if I would like to participate in a Pre-orientation Trip.
I often refer to St. Lawrence as a little world. Like many others, I am always pleased to find a fellow Laurentian in a seemingly obscure area.
Growing up, we would be itching for the last school bell to ring, signaling that summer had finally begun! As we rushed to pack our bags and head to the buses, I always remember asking my friends what they were going to spend those couple of months doing.