Friday, September 30, 2011

The Durick Library

     Hi everyone, it has been a crazy week filled with essays and exams, but now it's the last! The Durick Library is one of my favorite places on campus.  I've always loved books and being in libraries, and our school library is no exception.  

 I love these chairs right in the front of the library! They are so comfy and great to sit in to relax and read a magazine or do some homework. 
 I love books in general.  I love the pages and bindings.  At the library there are so many amazing books on every subject imaginable.  Sometimes I just like to walk around among the racks looking at all the different books!
 These chairs are in the upstairs daily room of the library.  They are so comfortable and I love to go and do homework here while looking at this view.....

It's beautiful isn't it? 
I also really love this statue of Beethoven, I can't explain why but I really like it!

I also really like this piece of art.  It's in the main staircase.  I'm not sure what it represents, but I also really like it!

The library also has so many great old books. 
     Our school library has so many great resources and it's a great place to relax and study.  I hope that the next time you are in the library, you get to see some of my favorite things. 


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How did you come up with the name KayleySMC14?

This is real simple- Kayley is my first name, SMC is for Saint Michael's College of course, and 14 stands for 2014 the year when I graduate! Thanks for the question and please ask more!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Can first year students live in suites or houses?

Hi thanks for the question! First year students can only live in three buildings- Lyons, Ryan, or Joyce. You are sorted into the buildings depending on whether you are honors housing, GREAT housing, or regular housing. I loved living in Lyons in honors/GREAT housing. The quad is also a great place to live because it is a really central location! It's near Alliot, the academic buildings, the library, and the gym. In your sophomore year you can live in the suites, on north campus, in Founders, or in Alumni.

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Friday, September 23, 2011

International Day of Saudi Arabia

     Happy Friday everyone! Today is the Independence Day of Saudi Arabia and to celebrate, some Saudi Arabian students here at Saint Mike's put on a cultural event.  It showcased some traditional dancing and music playing, student speeches, and a very cool PowerPoint presentation.  Some students first gave their insights into first coming to America and the apprehension they felt about the differences of cultures.  They soon came to realize that here at Saint Michael's everyone is respected regardless of culture or religious affiliation. 
     After the student presentations, we were shown a PowerPoint presentation giving us general facts about Saudi Arabia.  Before the presentation I really did not know too much about Saudi Arabia, but now I can really appreciate the country even more! The video showed us images of the different architectural buildings there, the cities, and pictures of some children celebrating their Independence Day! My favorite part was seeing just how modern the cities appear to be! I was amazed!!!
     Following the presentation, we got to watch some students and members of the community show us how to do a traditional dance! I really enjoyed it, because although some of the guys seemed to be a little shy, they really got into it at the end!

     After this performance, another student played us a traditional song on a traditional Saudi Arabian "guitar." It was really great, and I even got a video of it, so you can listen to it too!

     I really enjoyed this cultural event and I cannot wait to go to the other ones in the future, and then in turn share them with you! Have a wonderful weekend and feel free to send me any questions you may have about life at Saint Michael's College, or college life in general.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Join Hands Vermont, an SMC Hurricane Irene Benefit Update!

      Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post about the Join Hands Vermont, an SMC Hurricane Irene Benefit! I just wanted to give you an update about the results of the benefit.  Overall the community raised $2400 for those who were victims of the storm! That is a big help for those in need and I just wanted to share this with you all!  Have a fantastic weekend!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

If given the opportunity, would you like to be a magicians assistant and, if so, what illusion/trick would you most like to assist in?

Hmmm, I actually do not like magic tricks! It may sound silly but I'm always stumped by them and it really frustrates me when I don't know how they are done! So given the choice of whether I would like to be a magicians assistant or not, I definitely choose NO! Thanks for the question, but feel free to ask me questions about living at Saint Michael's College or about college life in general!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Curable Colds

     As we all know, cold season is around the corner and has already hit many of us.  It's tough to have a cold and try to stay healthy, but I think I have some helpful tips!

  • wash your hands! Just washing the away the germs is so helpful, so be diligent!
  • crack the window! Opening your windows even just a crack, will allow fresh, germ-less air in your room
  • take your vitamins! I take a vitamin C tablet every morning just to give me extra defense
  • get sleep! It's important to get enough sleep every night because when you are tired you are more susceptible to getting sick
  • hydrate! drink water, it has no sugars in it and will get rid of those pesky germs
  • don't share! DO NOT share drinks or food, etc, because this just transfers some one's germs to you!
  • Green tea! It's really great to battle cold season if you like the taste of it, of course
  • Don't Touch! Don't touch your face. You can introduce germs into your body that way!
  • eat your veggies and fruits! With so many natural vitamins and minerals they are immune boosters
  • here are some fruits and veggies with high levels of Vitamin C that are in Alliot everyday!!!!
  1. tomatoes
  2. red peppers
  3. apples
  4. oranges
  5. lettuce
  6. onions
  7. green peppers
  8. broccoli
  9. peas
  10. grapefruits
Of course, I'm not a doctor or medically trained person, and these tips are not foolproof.  But sometimes it's just a good reminder to have these simple tips repeated again.  I try to do all of these things and I still get colds! So, for me at least, they remind me to make a conscious effort to stay healthier during the cold season.  As always, feel free to send me a question on formspring, or tweet at me!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Join Hands, Vermont! An SMC Hurricane Irene Benefit Event!

     Today at 2:00 in the McCarthy Arts Center, there was a Benefit for the victims of Hurricane Irene!  Different talents, such as singing, dancing, and performing, were showcased to bring the Saint Michael's community together in order to help out those in need.  I really loved the show and am thankful to have been a part of this amazing experience! 

Here is a list of some of the performances and some videos!
  1. Bread & Puppet show by Peter Schumann
  2. Saint Michael's College Chorale singing "I Believe" and "This Little Light of Mine"

  1. Maple Jam singing "Night and Day," "Milonga del Angel," and "Orange Colored Sky"
  2. Counterpoint 5tet singing "The Water is Wide," "Turn the World Around," and "These Green Mountains" featuring our own Nathaniel Lew 
  3. Picture This performing "A Portrait of Tonia" and "Tell is like it is" featuring our own Jerome Monochino
  4. Buff Landau performing a hand written poem
  5. Joshua Lanney, an SMC senior, performing a self composed piece on piano called "Escape Again"
  6. Annette Urbschat dancing and Annemieke Spoelstra playing piano
  7. Celtic Knights performing "8 Hand Reel" and "The Walls of Limerick"

  1. Saint Andrew's Highland Dancers
  2. Tap Club performing "Rhythm Knights A Cappella" and "Yeah 3X"


Friday, September 16, 2011

Career Counseling

     Tuesday the 13th, I went to my first career counseling meeting.  The career office is located in Klein Hall which is between Saint Edmund's and McCarthy Arts Center.  Here is a picture-

     Klein is number 7, McCarthy Arts Center is number 9, and Saint Edmund's is number 6.  It is a small building right in between the two buildings behind the teaching and rock gardens.

     I went in a couple days before hand to schedule a meeting (which you have to do) and was scheduled to meet with Ingrid Peterson at 2:00.  I was very excited, but I didn't have any direction or questions for her besides- I may know what I want to do with the rest of my life.... but I'm not quite sure yet. It's a good idea to have a possible career direction for yourself when you go in, it makes her job easier.  You also can go in to the career development office if you are having trouble picking a major. 
     Ingrid was very helpful and started off by helping me search for possible career paths for my majors.  From there, we looked up the listed careers and then used search engines to explore the endless possibilities. 
     I highly recommend going into the career development office as soon as you can! It's easier to change your minds now, then if you wait until your junior or senior year! 

  • The Career office is open from 8:00 - 4:30 Mondays through Fridays
  • The Career Library is open from 8:00-4:30 Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • Here is the phone number in case you need to call and schedule an appointment or ask a question  802.654.2547
Hope this helps, have a great weekend and feel free to ask me anything!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Locked OUT

     Ok it happens to everyone, but eventually you leave your keys in the room and shut the door.  I locked myself out for the first time last Sunday! It's upsetting when it happens, but it's alright and easily remedied. 

This is my door (in case you were wondering) and I took this picture when I locked myself out!

     The first thing you need to do is try and contact your room-mate if you have one. If he/she is not available then you have to find the RA on duty.  There should be a list on the door of your RA saying which RA is on duty at the time and they should be able to let you in.  If you can't reach any of them, or if it is a weekend then you need to call public safety.  You can call public safety with this number- 802.654.2000.  All you have to say is your name and that you locked yourself out of your room.  They will ask you which building and what room you live in.  Once the officer gets to your room they will let you in and check your id card to make sure it's really you! 
     Another place you can go is to the Student Life Office in Alliot.  Student Life is located across from the Knight stand and it is open during normal business hours during the week.  You also have to show them your knight card to id yourself. 
     I hope it never happens to you, but if you do lock yourself out, I hope you can use these simple tips to get you back in your room!  Feel free to ask me any questions about living at Saint Michael's or about college life in general!


***My friend Alex would like you all to know that she saved the day when I was locked out because she had to call public safety because my phone got locked in my room! Thanks girl you da best <3

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How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

     It really depends on what kind of day I have ahead of me! Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays my first class is at 9:50. That means I wake up at 8:00, get ready in 30 minutes, go to breakfast, and then have a lot of time to get ready for class. I even have time in the morning to do some extra studying if I need to. Tuesdays and Thursdays my first class starts at 8:10, so I'm up at 7:00, head to breakfast at 7:30, and then head directly to class. So basically it takes me 30 minutes to get ready in the morning!! This plays an important factor in what times you should schedule future morning classes. I know that I can wake up on time for my 8:10 class, but some people need the extra sleep in the morning, so it is better to plan on taking afternoon classes. Hope this helps and feel free to ask me more questions!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Highlighters Part II

     Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm just updating my last blog post about the Highlighter dance.  I had so much fun last night and I thought it would be fun to just post a couple pictures of me and my friends as we got ready for the dance!

This is me and my shirt!   
                                                Alex, Allyson, Kerry, Katie, Mary, and Me!
Me and Megan!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


     Hello everyone! As you know the Highlighter Dance is this Saturday and I am totally excited.  Last year I had no idea what the Highlighter dance was about! What does a dance have to do with Highlighters? What makes it different? What do I do?!?  I was so confused and NO ONE could answer my questions.
     Tonight I am not going to spoil any details about the dance but I am going to give you some helpful clues to set you on the right track!

  1. Obtain a white t-shirt.  I recommend that you use an old t-shirt or one that you do not mind getting messed up
  2. Take your shirt and go to the Highlighter Dance t-shirt Decorating in Lyons third floor lounge on Friday at 8:30
  3. Get dressed up! Get ready for the dance with your awesome shirt and head on down to the dance! Wear neons and bright colors and most importantly have fun!
  4. Don't forget to buy your ticket this week in Alliot.  It's $5 and you can pay in cash or with Knight Card if you buy it before the dance.  Tickets are also sold at the door but you have to pay in cash.
  5. Bring a canned good!!!! This year the dance is trying to help those affected by Hurricane Irene.  It's so important to try to bring food to help out those in need.  If you don't have one or time to head anywhere, you can go to the local Cumberland Farm's.  They have some canned goods you can purchase. 
It is going to be so much fun and I can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Registrar Relations

    Hi everyone, by this point you have decided whether you like the classes you are enrolled in, or whether you may want to drop one and add another.  This is a very important decision and you should weigh the consequences of your choices.  Dropping a class is fine if you feel that you're not prepared to take it or if you just are not interested in the topic.  In order to drop a class you have to go to the Registrar.  The Registrar is attached to Founders and it is to the right of the Chapel behind Cheray (it has a little yellow porch).  Once you enter, you go through the door and make a left down the hallway.  When you get to the end of the hall you make another left and you will see the Registrar at the end.  There is a little sign that says 'Registrar' right by the office.  Ask someone for help once you get there and they will give you the appropriate forms.  But don't forget, the last day to drop or add a class is this Tuesday the 6th! When you get the signatures you need then you can bring the form back to the Registrar.  Also after you drop the course, you should probably sign up for another! Email the professor teaching the course you would like to take (to make sure there is room in the class) and hopefully you will get in.  If not, then you have to keep searching.