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The fresh rays of a springtime sun were shining on the April day that I visited St. Lawrence University for an Admitted Students Open House during my senior year of high school. During this visit, I would go on to taste the full experience that a student here could expect.
Every day at five o’clock, a student bell ringer plays the bells of Gunnison Memorial Chapel. From all across campus you can hear bells chiming, playing everything from the alma mater, to a “Happy Birthday” request, to something that sounds suspiciously like the Flintstones theme song.
When St. Lawrence asks me to participate, my motto is to say yes as often as possible. I think very deeply about the commitment and the impact of what I can offer. I don’t know how to do anything half baked – it’s just not in my DNA.
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.
Graduation is officially a couple weeks away. I’m closer and closer to leaving the university that provided me with security and warmth. The university that has raised me for the past four years and helped me mature into the man I am today. I’m not terrified. I’m not nervous.
Before coming to St. Lawrence I had little idea of what SLU was like. I visited once during my sophomore year of high school and did not return until the first day of Orientation.
I grew up watching and reading the superheroes of Marvel Entertainment. From Captain America, Doctor Strange to Iron Man, all of them were more than works of fiction to me. They were the friends I grew up with and what I wanted to be.
I am an international student at St. Lawrence University even though I live closer than almost all the Americans who attend this school.
With our long walks across the graduation stage fast approaching, there’s a growing sense of urgency among my class of 2016. We’re all wondering: where will we leave our mark on St. Lawrence? How will we be remembered? What is our legacy?
Sherlock Holmes stories, dinner conversation about adopting a dog, and singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” When I think back about my First-Year Program (FYP) last semester, these are images that immediately come to mind. Now that I have almost completed my second semester at St.
I can still remember sitting in my Spanish class the spring of my sophomore year, unable to focus because I was so excited to submit my application to spend a semester abroad in Spain.
“And then he said, 'Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves…If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat.
I didn’t go to college looking for a second set of parents, but maybe an academic advisor that serves as a life mentor and role model. Even if that wasn’t what I was looking for, that is what I found. A warm round of applause for Daniel McLane, ladies and gentlemen!