Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sum-It-Up Sunday : Week #9

Hello all! It's been another wonderful week here at St. Mike's.

While it's been pretty dreary these last couple of weeks, campus remains as beautiful as ever!

It's "Halloweekend" at SMC! It was fun to see so many creative costume ideas around campus. Bob and Louise from Bob's Burgers were a big hit!
While Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love required a little more explanation, it was still a really fun last minute costume!

While I hate to make this a quick post, it's a busy week up ahead with a lot of assignments coming up, a Founders Society meeting, and class registration for my last semester of college on Thursday (eek)! I hope you all had a wonderful week and a fantastic Halloween, however and wherever you spent it!

Be sure to stay tuned for the next What-to-Know Wednesday on the 2nd!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What-to-Know Wednesday : It's Snowing! (Knight Chat FAQs)

Hello all, and greetings from the first snow of the year! 

While some may be a bit bummed that it's arrived so early, I prefer to embrace the magic.

So, in light of this October dusting in the wake of last night's Knight Chat,  I can't think of a better time to discuss some frequently asked Knight Chat questions about the snow!

1.) How cold does it really get?

To be honest, I don't find the temperature in Vermont to be much different than the rest of New England in the thick of winter. If anything, the wind off the lake can add an extra chill to the air downtown. But again- New England is pretty much across the board.

2.) How often does it snow?

In all my years at St. Mike's, I don't recall ever being buried in snow. (Here on campus, that is. Up in the mountains, it usually starts earlier and is much heavier than down here!) Big storms that dump several inches at once have been rare. In fact, I'm having a hard time getting past last winter, when we hardly got any snow at all! (Again, that was the sad truth for skiers all over New England!)

3.) Is there anything to do in the winter besides skiing?

Speaking of skiing...why yes, of course there are other things to do! And while I certainly recommend taking advantage of SMC's $65 season pass to Smuggler's Notch, an amazing mountain just 40 minutes from campus (!!!), Vermont always provides endless options. Essentially, you can do just about anything in the winter that you can do in the warmer months...go for a winter hike (but please be prepared, I've made that mistake before), explore downtown Burlington and Church Street, visit a local park, a neighboring town (Shelburne happens to be my personal favorite!), or hang out with friends on/off campus! 

So no, you don't need to know how to ski to come to St. Mike's, nor will you be looked down on if you don't! There are plenty of people here who don't ski, and some have even taken the opportunity to learn in their time here! 

4.) How is it walking between classes in the cold/snow?

One of the many great things about St. Mike's is that you'll never have more than a 5-minute walk to your class! The main academic buildings are all connected to one another, and even the furthest residence halls are a quick walk- no big deal as long as you're bundled up! 

Happy First Snow!!!

Be sure to stay tuned for the next Sum-It-Up Sunday on the 30th!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sum-It-Up Sunday : Week #8

Hello all! It's been another wonderful week here at St. Mike's. And with potential snowfall in the forecast this week, there's a chance we're about to say the usual quick goodbye to fall! But before that happens, we're still milking as much as we can from our last few foliage-filled days.

On Sunday, we took advantage of one last day at Shelburne Orchards before the apple-picking season came to an end.  Shelburne Orchards has been one of my very favorite spots up here, and I certainly hope this wasn't our last visit! 
As you probably know from my last couple of posts, we didn't have classes this Monday or Tuesday as part of SMC's fall break. On Monday, we took a trip to Red Rocks Park, where you will always find a gorgeous view of Lake Champlain! This particular visit, that view was coupled with some amazing foliage! 
Fall is everywhere! This gorgeous shot was sent from home in Newbury, MA on Monday!
A tasty dinner Wednesday night of rice, an egg, avocado, cilantro, lime and sriracha! 

I hope you all had a great week! Stay tuned for the next What-to-Know Wednesday on the 26th!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What-to-Know Wednesday : Combatting Campus Wifi Withdrawals

It's not often that the SMC campus experiences wifi outages. But when we do, it's important to remind ourselves there are ways to survive and thrive without the comfort and reassurance of those familiar bars.

If you read regularly, you'll know that we just came out of our fall break here at SMC, with no classes held on Monday or Tuesday. And unfortunately, just as I sat down for a nice little Netflix bender on Sunday night, those long-weekend-network-maintenance blips kicked in. Alas, we were wifi-less for the night.

So, as a seasoned veteran of such digital disasters, I can't think of a better time to bring you five ways to kick those wifi withdrawals to the curb!

1.) Rent a DVD from the library!

SMC's very own Durick Library has a huge collection of DVD's to rent for free! Bring back the good old days of scouring your local video store for the perfect movie night pick.

2.) Catch up on cleaning.

This could be just the excuse you were looking for to give the ol' dorm room a good scrub down. Take advantage of some freed up time and whip out your Swiffers!

3.) Get cooking.

There's no better time for some quality snacks. Go the homemade route and experiment with making your favorite goodies from scratch!

4.) Get outside.

When you find yourself in an unexpected tech-hiatus, embrace the outdoors! It's Vermont, for crying out loud.

5.) Break out some old fashioned fun!

Find a friend with a board game or a deck of cards and go to town!

How do you make the best of campus wifi withdrawals?

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sum-It-Up Sunday : Week #7

Hello all! It's been another wonderful week here at St. Mike's. We are currently in the middle of our fall break, with no classes taking place tomorrow or Tuesday! While some students opt to go home on these breaks, I usually opt to stay here and enjoy some fall fun in Vermont.

Campus was gorgeous this week as more and more foliage came through!
Yesterday, we celebrated fall the right way at Sam Mazza's corn maze! 
It was a beautiful day for a classic fall adventure.
Smiling through the realization that great teamwork isn't always a given. ;)

To all you SMC students, I hope you're having a wonderful fall break! To all you prospective students, I hope you're enjoying fall wherever you are! Be sure to stay tuned for the next What-to-Know Wednesday on the 19th.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What-to-Know Wednesday : Why All Prospective Students Should Be Following SMC's Student Blogs

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Those of you who have read my post about SMC's Founders Society are experts by now on tours, Open Houses, Knight Chats, and other ways to interact with current SMC students as a prospective student. Throughout your prospective process with SMC, these interactive experiences are vital towards building a vision of yourself as a future St. Mike's student, and I recommend you participate in them all at some point!

However, another key tool in building a well-rounded view of student life at St. Mike's is often overlooked. In addition to running our Instagram (follow @knightlifeVT) and Snapchat (follow at smcknights), our student Social Ambassadors each run a personal blog about the St. Mike's experience (yes, there's an entire team of us, and a whole bunch of blogs to show for it)!

As a Social Ambassador since my first year at SMC, part of the reason why I love blogging so much is that I firmly believe blogs can provide a unique view of student life that no other platform can. So without further ado, here are five reasons why all prospective students should be following the Student Blogs!

1.) Have your FAQs answered in deeper detail.

Tours and Knight Chats are invaluable opportunities to ask questions of current St. Mike's students. Responses are on the spot, quick, and personalized. Our Social Ambassadors also write their blogs with prospective students in mind. Chances are, certain topics that pertain to your frequently asked questions are addressed in some blog posts!

2.) Get an idea of your goals.

Reading about a current student's different on campus involvements might give you an idea of different majors, extra curricular activities, clubs or sports you may want to pursue as a student.

3.) Make connections.

Similarly to how your tour guide might hand out their business card at the end of a tour, most of our Social Ambassadors include contact information on their blogs to be reached by prospective students for questions, comments, or just to say hi! That's certainly an inside contact to take advantage of, especially if a particular Social Ambassador has blogged about things you may be interested in pursuing as a student.

4.) Follow along on a current student's journey.

Some of our Social Ambassadors, myself included, post on a weekly basis. If you ask me, there's no better way to get a complete, full view of SMC student life than to see one chronicled on a weekly basis!

Find the full list of our Social Ambassadors and the links to their blogs here! Happy reading!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sum-It-Up Sunday : Week #6

Hello all! It's been another wonderful week here at St. Mike's. With just one week left before our October break, there's excitement in the air and much anticipation for a long awaited and well deserved rest!

In the meantime, it's been a busy and thrill-packed week...

Similarly to last fall, we're seeing a lot of yellow in this season's first foliage appearances. We're not complaining!

This Wednesday, Uncommon Grounds, a cute little coffee and tea shop on Church Street, gave out free "Luke's coffee" for the day in spirit of Netflix's upcoming release of the Gilmore Girls revival episodes! I was surprised to learn of so many other fans at SMC as a result! 

It was a beautiful day to make a quick trip downtown for this super cute event!

This Saturday, SMC Admissions hosted the year's very first Open House! With over 155 families registered, Ross was packed and my fellow Founders Society coordinators and I were a busy group! I'm so grateful to have experienced these amazing events, both as a prospective student and also now as an employee of Admissions. So many people worked so hard to put on an amazing day, and it turned out quite successfully! Being able to welcome prospective students and families to some of their first experiences at SMC, both in my duties as Online Media & Communications coordinator and at events like these, will have certainly been among my most fulfilling St. Mike's experiences. 

The view from Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts at the Academic Table Fair! It was wonderful to be able to talk up my major to prospective families with the head of the department. 

For those of you interested in partaking in the next Open House- whether to attend or to volunteer- be sure to mark your calendars for November 12th! 

In the meantime, stay tuned for the next What-to-Know Wednesday on the 12th!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What-to-Know Wednesday : 3 Unwritten Rules of Getting Involved in College

Getting involved on your college campus can be one of the most important and fulfilling experiences of your college career. It allows you to branch out, be a part of a community, and give back to the place that's given you so much.

Make the most out of your extracurricular experiences by following these three key (unwritten, but I guess not anymore) rules of getting involved in college!

1.) Find what you'll enjoy.

This sounds like a given. But, it's important to recognize the difference between an activity you're joining or a position you're taking out of obligation or under pressure and something you're taking on because you're generally excited about it.

2.) Find a direction.

Pursue activities that will take you in the direction of your post-grad goals. Not only will this confirm whether or not this is the direction you want to stick with, but it will also prepare you for the type of work you hope to do down the road.

3.) Be realistic.

Quality over quantity, people. Taking part in a few activities that are truly important to you and your direction far outweighs taking part in several activities for involvement's sake. You'll avoid weighing yourself down and taking priority away from not only each individual activity, but your classes and relationships as well.

How do you make the most out of your extracurricular experience in college?

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sum-It-Up Sunday : Week #5

Hi all! It's been another wonderful week here at St. Mike's.

Friday night, we visited Champlain College for a three-part art show: poetry, visual media, and dance. (My dance professor from last semester choreographed an amazing interactive dance piece!) With all the other colleges in the area, it's easy to hop on the city bus or take a short car ride and catch events, shows, and other goings-on at our neighboring schools!

This weekend, my parents came to town for a visit! We spent Saturday in Shelburne, kicking off the day with a hike at Mt. Philo! 

The foliage is just starting to peek through! In a couple of weeks, this view will be a gorgeous fall rainbow!

After lunch at Folino's Pizza, we had to show them around one of our favorite spots- Shelburne Orchards! We made out with some delicious hot cider, a bag of cider doughnuts, and of course some apples with help from our GrocerySak's! This past summer, my Aunt made use of some photos from a past photography assignment and created these eco-friendly grocery totes (great for grocery shopping and apple picking alike)! Check out her website here, and her Instagram @grocerysak! 

This morning, my parents and I made our way downtown for a healthy, delicious breakfast at Vermont Juice Company!

They both got the acai bowls, which were a hit. I tried their banana ice cream for the first time, and it was amazing! Totally good for you, complete with the taste and texture of ice cream.  

And so goes another week at St. Mike's! And as the colder months approach us, I'd like to take this opportunity to remind all you prospective families that yes, there are countless things to do around here besides ski (even though it happens to be my favorite winter pastime)!!! One of my favorite parts of being here has been exploring around and finding new places and activities to spend my weekends with. And after almost four years, we're still discovering new things. The possibilities are truly endless!

Stay tuned for the next What-to-Know Wednesday on the 5th!

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