Friday, February 28, 2014

Who Doesn't Love a Discount?

     One of the perks of being a Saint Mike's student, or a college student in general, is being able to get awesome discounts just by flashing your snazzy school ID. I mean, who doesn't love a good discount? I know that I love getting a discount on things. There are tons of businesses that offer discounts, here are a few of the ones that I think are really great!

- Amazon Student: With Amazon Student, you get a free trail of Amazon Prime for a year. This includes unlimited two day shipping that is free on all orders and a one-day shipping upgrade for only $4!

- Amtrak: If you sign up for Amtrak's student advantage card, you can save 15% on all ticket fares. So for the avid traveler or for those that use the train to get home for school breaks, taking advantage of this could save you a good amount of money!

- Banana Republic, J. Crew and Madewell: All of these wonderful stores offer a 15% off discount in all stores with a valid school ID. This is an awesome one to take advantage of because these stores can tend to be on the pricey-er side of stores. 

- Goodwill: If you are not into the stores posted above and are more interested in thrift shopping, then Goodwill is the perfect option! At most Goodwill locations, you can get a 10% off discount with a valid student ID!

- Eastern Mountain Sports: For the outdoorsy people, EMS offers a 15-20% off discount This is an amazing deal as the majority of their stuff can be a bit expensive!

- FedEx: As a student, you can get a 20-30% off discount on shipping.

- New York Times: As a student, you can get a subscription to the New York Times for a reduced rate.

- Chipolte: Receive a free drink with a purchase and a valid student ID!

- Buffalo Wild Wings: BWW offers 10% off your total with a student ID!

Another thing that is special about the KnightCard, our student ID card at SMC, is that it acts as our bus pass for the CCTA bus system here in Vermont. The CCTA is our form of public transportation to all of Chittenden County. Our KnightCard is also taken as a form of payment for places like Cumberland Farms right next to campus and Sweetwaters downtown on Church Street, along with other places!

     See, there are a ton of perks about being a college student! Another good thing about SMC, is that most of these stores are in close proximity to campus. So whether you want to grab a quick bite to eat, do a little shopping, or find an easy way to get home, there is always the option to do it at a discounted price! What could be better than that?

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Smugg Life

     Here at Saint Mike's you get the awesome opportunity to live the thug Smugg life. I'm talking about our amazing ski and snowboard opportunities here at SMC! I have been on the mountain since a very young age, but sort of got out of touch with mountain life during high school. As of now, I am so grateful that I learned how to ski at such a young age because going to Smuggler's Notch is one of my favorite winter weekend activities here at SMC. 
     At SMC, we have an amazing deal on a full adult season pass to Smuggs. A normal adult season pass for Smuggler's Notch is around $530. As a student of Saint Mike's you get the exact same pass for only $65. That is less than a normal day ticket! How crazy! It is an amazing deal and I recommend that any student take advantage of it. 
     This past weekend I went up to Smuggs with some friends and it was a great time. There were no lines at the lifts and it was a beautiful sunny day. The temperatures were high and the trails were great. We mainly stayed at the Madonna and Madonna 2 lifts all day, but towards the end we ventured over towards Sterling, which I had never been on before. We ventured over there not only to see the gorgeous views, but my Aunt Paige was running a competition over towards that side of the mountain. It was so cool to see a slopestyle competition and it was great to see my cousins!
Sterling lift is to the right. (photo taken from

Photo by Jennifer Langille Photography. Check out her AMAZING photos HERE.
This is a photo of  the whole group at the competition. It was so cool to watch these kids ride for a little while. They are all amazing at what they can do on skis and a snowboard!
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     Overall, yesterday was fantastic. I was so tired by the end of the day that I fell asleep at 9 o'clock and didn't wake up until 9:30 this morning! But it was all worth it!
     If you come here as a student, I totally suggest taking advantage of the pass to Smuggler's Notch that we have available, even if you don't know how to ski or snowboard. Now is the perfect time to learn! 
Chairlift pictures are my favorite especially on beautiful days. 

As you can see, the view is beautiful from basically anywhere at Smuggs! 

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


     So this past week it has been quite chilly up here. On Friday, we got hit with a pretty large snowstorm which brought us at least a foot of snow. It was snowing all day long on Friday. It was snowing so bad, that the scavenger hunt that I signed up to help with for Founder's Society got cancelled (I was really bummed about it). There are some upsides to the snow though. 
     One of the amazing things that is offered if you are a SMC student is our sweet deal to Smuggler's Notch. As a student, you get a $65 adult season pass to Smugg's. This is INSANE seeing as a regular adult season pass will cost you over $500. The great thing about this pass is that it gives you 50% off rentals and lessons, it gives you discounts on food, unlimited access to the mountain and access to the pools and hot tubs at Smugg's. The other wonderful thing about it here at SMC is that on the weekend there is a shuttle that takes you from campus to the mountain and back. What is not to love?! So many students take advantage of that here at SMC. 
     Another thing is that the snow looks beautiful. While sometimes it can be a wee bit chilly, the snow on campus never fails at being gorgeous. Campus looks like a mix between Narnia and Frozen, what is not to love about that?!
       Speaking of Frozen, I believe that I am one of the few people that has yet to see it. All of my friends that have seen it absolutely adore it. The other day I was perusing YouTube like I normally do and I found this video and just HAD to share it with all of you! It is amazing!

     Sledding. I mean, who doesn't love sledding? On Friday in the middle of the blizzard some of my friends and I had the wonderful idea to go sledding. Across the street at the view is a hill and we thought it would be the perfect place. Now, none of us had sleds. So we used cardboard boxes, old Alliot trays and the lids to some of our storage boxes. The old Alliot tray proved to be the best method. We had a blast as we froze. It was definitely a ton of fun! One of my good friends, Lida, has an amazing camera and takes great pictures. Here are some that she took that day!
I'm always posing. Why? I have no idea. 

Candice giving Kelsie and I a little push in hopes of us gaining enough speed to go off the jump at the bottom. UPDATE: it didn't work. We missed the jump. 

(l to r: Courtney and Candice)

(l to r: Courtney, Candice, Me, Teresa and Kelsie)
That is pretty much it for now! 
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