February 22, 2012

The Saint Mike's Atmosphere

Saint Mike's: n. The absolutely wonderful college - with a loving, caring community, beautiful campus, and amazing teachers & staff - that I am lucky enough to attend.

Today I was working on tour guide applications with my amazing friend Cait (because I'm so enthusiastic about SMC that I would just LOVE LOVE LOVE to show some prospective students around!) & we were discussing the atmosphere here. Let me just put it out there...it's pretty much a killer atmosphere.

Since I toured Saint Mike's in high school, I fell in love with the campus and the community aspect that the school had. While I didn't commit to coming to SMC right away, I knew that this school was special (check out my very first blog post which explains this!) - and now I know that I made the right choice in coming here!

Today I saw on the 'Saint Michael's College Class of 2016' Facebook page, prospective students feel the same way as I did ! Here's a look into what some (possible) future Purple Knights are saying:

Another lovely SMC/Facebook moment that I stumbled upon the other day? An adorable status by a Saint Mike's senior:

I apologize for the funky formatting, BUT it just makes me so happy to see other Saint Mike's students/prospective students who love SMC as much as I do!

For any students trying to make their final decisions for college, I definitely recommend a campus tour - especially if you're interested in Saint Mike's! Also, high school seniors interested in Saint Mike's, join the 'Saint Michael's College Class of 2016' Facebook page - it's a great resource to ask questions & interact with other prospective students!

If you have any other questions, ask away! Tweet me or find me on Formspring!

February 20, 2012

The Benefits of Home VS. College


It's another lovely, sunny day here at Saint Mike's! Earlier today I had Accounting, Spanish, and Psych, & right now I'm in work study. Soon I'll be back in my room studying (oh boy!).

So this past week we had Friday off - that meant NO CLASSES and a THREE DAY WEEKEND!

I actually had another class that was cancelled on Thursday (meaning I only had ballet on Thursday) so I left Wednesday night to visit my parents for the weekend in Massachusetts!

I had an absolutely amazing weekend at home! My weekend started off with a new season of Survivor Wednesday night - if you read my blog regularly you'll remember that I LOVE Survivor & even sent in an audition video earlier this year, which you can check out here. Thursday I did some homework & met my mom for lunch (since she was at work, of course). Then I mostly slept, watched tv, and did some hardcore relaxing for the rest of the weekend. I also saw my aunts & cousins at a family birthday party & made some rice crispie treats with my wonderful friends Michelle & Cait!

SO after having an amazing time being home, I decided to talk about the benefits of being at home vs. being here at school:

Benefits of Being Home:

1. My Giant Bed: At home I have a big, queen-sized bed. Compared to my twin bed at school, it's just so huge! Actually, it may be unnecessarily large for a short girl like me...

2. Home-cooked Meals: Don't get me wrong, I love Alliot! As far as college food goes, it's pretty amazing. There's always something delicious to eat & I love chatting with Steve, one of the chefs, while ordering. However, there's just something about eating homemade food - it's delicious!

3. Seeing my Family: This is a no-brainer! While I'm not the type of person to get homesick, I obviously miss my parents while I'm at school. I usually call them every couple of days, but being able to see them is totally different. This break I also got to see some of my aunts, cousins, and friends. After not seeing them for a while, it was absolutely wonderful to see them too!

4. Being Lazy: Of course I'm lazy at school as well, but I feel so much less guilty when I lounge around, watch tv, and do nothing at home versus at school. Plus there's so much less stress to do anything because there aren't any dorm socials or weekend events like there are at Saint Mike's!

Benefits of Being at Saint Mike's:

1. Friends: I am definitely more social at school than I am at home, mostly because all of my friends live so close! Whenever I'm bored I can usually find a friend who's not busy & wants to hang out.

2. My Roommate: This may seem like an odd addition to the list because most people don't like sharing their room. I definitely love having a room to myself when I go home, but I also adore my roommate - she is so sweet and totally hilarious! When I go home my room is just too quiet!

3. Alliot: Although I love home-cooked meals when I go home, it's also nice to have Alliot right close by. Being in the quad, I'm less than five minutes from Alliot. It's great to be able to stop in to grab a snack or some tea in between classes.

4. Activities: When I'm home I miss all my activities, like LBLS mentoring & Lit Choir! They definitely make my weeks here chaotic but I love being busy & seeing my 'little sister' and choir friends.

SO there you have it - in summary, being & school and being at home are both amazing! Now I'm off to get some studying done. If you have any questions formspring me! I love talking to prospective students & bragging about Saint Mike's!

February 9, 2012

SMC Choir Trip & Exciting News


So as I mentioned in my last post, I am in the Liturgical Choir here at school & last weekend we went on a trip to Maine!

This trip was absolutely amazing! We left Thursday afternoon after classes & returned Sunday evening. During the weekend, we sang at four Masses, two at Catholic high schools and two at local churches. Father Brian (one of the priests here at Saint Mike's who is head of the Edmundite Campus Ministry) came with us and said each Mass.

SO, since this trip was so absolutely fabulous, I thought I'd share some pictures, as well as a few tracks from past choir trips (because the recordings of our trip won't be ready until sometime after lent):


"Standin' in the Need of Prayer" although this is from
last year, we sang this on the trip

The choir doesn't sing this song anymore,
but I absolutely love it!

We did sing this song on the trip - I love it!
The song starts at about 2:30, but the first
part is an instrumental by Jerome

We did not sing this on the trip, but we
have been singing it recently!

(here's the really good stuff)

Amelia, Emma & Me at our first Mass

A little difficult to see, but this is Amelia
& Me in Portland when we had some time to walk around
and be goofy. Amelia found a juice bar
called the "Maine Squeeze" & we just HAD to take a picture

Emma, Me, Amelia, & Merrill in Portland!

Me & Emma at one of the high schools after Mass

Group photo at the second high school!
We just needed to capture the
"NUN BETTER"banner

SO as you can probably tell, this trip was just so much fun! I love choir & it was great to be able to spread our happiness & faith through song! I had a great time with my friends & I really enjoyed getting to know the other choir kids a little more! I also have to give a shout out to Father Brian & Jerome Monachino, director of the liturgical choir, for such an amazing trip! They worked hard to make it a success!

On a side note: Saint Mike's was just named a Fair Trade College -- the first college in Vermont to get that title! Find our what exactly that means here!

If you have any questions about Saint Mike's or about the liturgical choir, let me know! Tweet me!