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     Colchester, VT: I was told that college is a place to discover yourself and find your passion. That statement made me really nervous about beginning my college search. I had no clue what I wanted to do and didn’t know where to begin. I took scouting trips with my family to find that “perfect place.” At first, every college appeared to be perfect, which just increased my confusion.

While talking with friends, one mentioned St. Michael’s College in Vermont and had nothing but excellent things to say about it. So I decided to make the three-and-a-half-hour journey. The ride was long, but the sights along the way and my music made it pass quickly. As soon as I saw the brick buildings and wall that said “St. Michael’s College,” I knew I was in for a great experience.

I had heard that everyone in Vermont is extremely nice. Being from Massachusetts, I was used to rude people. So I was surprised when I parked in a visitor’s spot and was greeted by a pedestrian. I wondered if everyone would be this friendly.

As I cruised along in the warm fall breeze to the dorm where I would stay, a smile gleamed across my face that would remain there for my entire stay. The buddy I was rooming with met me in the parking lot with some of his friends who all helped carry my bags. I was staying in Ryan Hall, which I was told was “the place to be if you’re a freshman.” Sure enough everyone there extended their hospitality and treated me like one of their own.

After I got settled and my adrenaline had slowed a bit, I decided to see the school. I walked into the dining hall that was filled with smiles and laughter, not to mention a lot of delicious food. There was a huge school store and a game room with a massive television. So far it didn’t look like it would be too difficult to live at St. Mike’s. I continued my walk through the academic buildings where I noticed good-sized classrooms that were well designed and put forth a positive learning environment.

After wandering through a football field and some senior townhouses, I made it back to Ryan Hall. As I walked up the stairs to the third floor, I thought, I already know this is the place for me.

My St. Mike’s experience changed my world and opened up the next chapter in my life. I enjoyed my visit so much that I went back (with my family) for an open house for business students. I spoke to the head of the business department, who was very enthusiastic about the college and the business courses. He gave me an excellent idea of what to expect there. I was especially interested in the internship possibilities.

If you want to see for yourself, check out St. Michael’s College. If you can’t visit, then find out more on the web at www.smcvt.edu. You’ll be happy you did.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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JBbxny said...
Sept. 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm:
i am a persective smc student, i really want to see this school for myself. i live in New York so i know the people are going to be nicer over there. but do you Recommend this school?
 
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