I am a bioinformatics major and am also Captain of the Men’s Cross Country and Track teams, a third year prefect for Residence Life, a Collaborative Learning Program Facilitator for CS110 and CS111, and work under the Assistant to the Archabbot in the monastery.
I love walking across campus (a mere five minute walk) and being able to hold a conversation with at least five people that I know. It sounds cliché, but everyone knows each other which I view as a strong attribute to Saint Vincent. Both professors and peers go out of their way to say hello and to see how you are doing. To me this not only builds my social life but also my academic life as well. Study groups are easy to find and professors are always willing to sit and talk about course work (or anything else for that matter). My other favorite thing about Saint Vincent is the Benedictine heritage. There is so much history tucked away in this small campus an whether the students realize it or not, it is that Benedictine Heritage that defines Saint Vincent and makes this college so much different from all other colleges.
Two of the most influential professors that I have had the pleasure of knowing are Mr. Octave and Dr. Aupperle. Neither of these two men teach anything related to my major which shows how important core classes can be. I was enrolled in Mr. Octave’s course during my toughest academic semester at Saint Vincent. He taught me to take time to enjoy the music in life and to appreciate the beauty of life around me, even when I felt overwhelmed or stressed. Dr. Aupperle was an equally inspiring professor, sharing stories of hope and faith from his personal experiences and showed me that it doesn’t always matter what a person’s religion is, that every human is my neighbor and should be treated with love and respect.
Enjoy your four years here at Saint Vincent. Time really does fly and although I consider myself an active member of the Saint Vincent Community, one of my biggest regrets is not being involved in more. There is SO much to do here: campus ministry trips, orientation committee, SGA, clubs, intramurals, just to point out a few. Take advantage of the opportunities offered and don’t be afraid to go out of your way to talk to someone you don’t know. I got to know some of my best friends just by a random ‘hello’ or by becoming involved.