The building itself is just gorgeous and is connected to two other academic buildings, Jeanmarie Hall and Cheray Hall. This is extremely handy in the winter when the chilly Vermont winds are in full force. You can go from one to another without having to trudge through the snow and cold! It's also very close to both Durick Library and Alliot, the dining hall, so anywhere you need to go is always relatively near. It usually doesn't take me more than three minutes to get anywhere on campus.
If you don't feel like walking over to the library, the St. Ed's foyer is the next best place to go. I often sit here and read when I have a few extra minutes in my day. It's one of my favorite spots on campus because of its livelihood-- there are always so many people here just talking and relaxing. Also, the natural light is wonderful, especially on a cold December day. St. Ed's is also home to the English programs for international students. Every week they host international coffee hour. It's fantastic and a wonderful way to make new friends from all over the world!
As I mentioned before, I have taken many classes in Saint Ed's. The room in the picture above is where I currently take Structure of the English Language, a class required for the Applied Linguistics minor.
Aside from the typical classrooms in St. Ed's, the building is also home to the school's IT help desk- on the second floor- as well as a couple of Mac labs (which are photographed above- one on the first floor and one on the second floor). Although I've never used the labs before, they are gorgeous and brand new. I think both labs are used by classes in the fine arts department. I have, however, been to the IT help desk. The experts there are extremely helpful and always willing to sit down with you and help you with whatever you're trying to fix. For instance, I went there last year when I couldn't get my final Digital Film project to export and they sat down with me at a computer for probably an hour to help me figure out what the issue was. There's also a printer here, which is very handy in between classes when you need to print something off quickly. At Saint Mike's you can print using any school desktop or your own laptop and then walk to any printer on campus, swipe your knightcard, and the wireless printers do the rest. It's really quite fantastic, especially for busy college students.
Saint Ed's is one of those places on the Saint Michael's campus that has so much to offer that you might never realize it. If you've never been there before, I suggest you go relax in the foyer for a while, take a walk around, or, if you're really feeling adventurous, take one of the Applied Linguistics courses!
(By the way, I know it seems random, but the image to the right is a piece on the second floor of Saint Ed's made completely of old pennies. I just thought it was so cool that I had to take a picture of it!)
I promise to write again soon about all of the excitement of spring as the semester winds down.
Until next time,
Love, laugh, and photograph!