Snapshots of SLU

By: 
Kelsey Cook
Class of: 
2015

From four weeks of studying and exploring in Copenhagen, Denmark, to spending spring afternoons relaxing and canoeing on the Grasse River in Canton, St. Lawrence University has provided me with two-and-a-half years of incredible opportunities and intellectual discoveries so far. At the moment, I'm eagerly anticipating the upcoming spring semester, which I will spend studying abroad (again!) in Madrid, Spain. 

Check out these photographs to learn more about St. Lawrence through my lens! 

Photo #1: Adirondack Adventure Pre-Orientation Trip

I kicked off my St. Lawrence experience with four days of hiking, canoeing, card playing and whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks while staying at Camp Canaras on Upper Saranac Lake with twelve other incoming first-years as part of a Pre-Orientation Trip. 

Photo #2: First-Year Cup

The friendly (yet fierce!) competition between the First-Year Programs (FYP) throughout the fall semester kicks off with the First-Year Cup. This photograph shows several members of my FYP, Reiff College, getting into the events with a little face paint and Reiff pride. Reiff for Life!  

Photo #3: Winter in Canton

Although the chill of Canton winters seems daunting, SLU students embrace the cold with wintery nature walks to the icy river nearby, skiing at Mount Titus or Whiteface, and, as shown in the photograph, occasionally skating on the ice outside of the dorms. 

Photo #4: Peak Weekend

Every fall, SLU tries to get students on all of the Adirondacks' 46 high peaks during Peak Weekend, one of my favorite campus traditions. 

Photo #5: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Each fall and spring, a concert is held at SLU featuring up-and-coming talents in music. I have seen State Radio, Sound Remedy, Ben Folds, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (a group that includes two SLU alums!), TV on the Radio, Santigold and GROUPLOVE on campus. 

Photo #6: Grasse River

Between the rope swing, the free canoe rentals for SLU students and the picturesque scenery, the Grasse River is the perfect place to relax or seek adventure and, without a doubt, my favorite spot (not quite located) on campus. 

Photo #7: Copenhagen, Denmark

This past summer I enrolled in the Neuroscience of Fear, a fascinating course that was team-taught by SLU philosophy and biology professors in Copenhagen, Denmark. When not engaged in coursework, my classmates and I enjoyed as many cultural events and attractions as we could fit into our four-week stay, including Distortion, the annual music festival in the streets of Copenhagen, and renowned tourist attractions, such as Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid and the Rundetaarn (shown in the photograph).

Photo #8: Bornholm, Denmark

My final weekend abroad in Denmark was spent on an excursion to the island of Bornholm with four fellow SLU students. We soaked up the sun on the fine white sand at Dueodde Beach (said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe), had a bonfire on the beach with a group of young Danes and watched a magnificent sunset over the ocean near our hostel. 

Photo #9: Family Weekend

This Family Weekend concluded with an impressive fireworks display over the Johnson Hall of Science and a full house in Gunnison Chapel for St. Lawrence’s talented and always entertaining a cappella groups: the UpBeats, Singing Sinners and Singing Saints. 

Photo #10: Class at Trout Lake

My Community Psychology class spent an afternoon this fall kayaking, carving pumpkins, and socializing at our professor’s camp on Trout Lake, a scenic spot about half an hour from campus. We took one class off from studying the course material to spend time together outside of the classroom and build a sense of community, in hopes of fostering more open dialogue, as well as a greater level of comfort and connectedness within our class.

Photo #11: Dean Eaton

This photograph shows the leaves changing in front of Dean Eaton, my home this fall semester. In less than a month, I'll pack up my cozy dorm room with its hardwood floors and massive wooden closet and head home for winter break to prepare for my semester in Spain. Adiós Dean Eaton. ¡Hola España!