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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1977, Image 116

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On the very first page of the 1976-77 student handbook for Paul Sm ith’s College is a small p aragraph, of which the first line states: “Paul Smith’s College has the reputation for being a friendly college.” On the fourth page of this same book, under the heading of “Purpose of the College”, appears: “ the purpose of Paul Sm ith’s College is to offer a distinctive type of education, etc, etc.” I think that these two sentences sum up quite well what life here a t PSC is all about. PSC has got to be the friendliest and closest place I have ever come into contact with. I came here as a stranger at one time, not to find a cold, hostile environment, but a warming, welcoming one, the kind that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable, and makes you say to yourself, “I was wrong, people everywhere are not the same.” It didn’t take a long period of adjustment, and everything seemed to just fall into place. Before I knew it, I felt like I had been here for a good b it longer than I actually had been. There is just something about the whole scheme of things here — all the aspects of life, the people, the place itself, and of course the closeness to nature combine to make PSC a very special place. The very natural setting of the college is one of the most im portant things th a t attracted me to it. It was a big influence on my decision to come here, instead of another college. Why is that, you may ask? Well, here there is an opportunity to do two things at once that you would have to go a long way to find elsewhere, learn and at the same time experience nature. One thing I like about being here is that I d o n ’t have to reach out very far to be close to nature-it is b u t a stones throw away in any direction. Sometimes I d o n 't even have to leave the campus, such as when the frozen winter nights burn with a cold so intense you can feel it leap up a t you as walk around, and your feet stir up the snow which is the ashes from such a fire. There are other things to experience and remember- the countless numbers of stars visible on a clear night, or when the northern lights dance across the sky on a backdrop of darkness. The list is endless, listening to the wind sighing through the pines or watching as the sun settles slowly in back of St. Regis Mtn. and the afterglow that follows, which looks as if a great fire burns on the furthest edge of the planet. Enough can’t be said about autumn’s display of brilliant colored leaves. All this, and much, much more makes up as distinctive an education as I can imagine. I have learned about many things in many ways in the short time that I have been here. I have learned much about myself and other people, some things that I was never aware of before. My outlook has changed, my ideas have changed, and I, totally as a person have changed. But more importantly, I have learned, and experienced and grown, and have become much the wiser from all these experiences. 112

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