Gone from the school, not from the Heart

The time-honored tradition of Gone from the school, not from the Heart continues as part the of the online edition. As practice dictates, the first to be featured here are last year’s King Street Chronicle management team.
Nicole Narea

Yale University ‘16

Editor-in-Chief of The King Street Chronicle
Are you involved in the newspaper at Yale? 
I love, love, LOVE writing for the Yale Daily News. So far, some of my favorite experiences at the YDN include anchoring a video interview with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, covering Paul Ryan’s visit to Connecticut to fundraise for the Romney campaign and covering the opening party of Shake Shack New Haven (though those free Shroom Burgers probably ain’t helping the Freshman Fifteen).
What is your major?

Undeclared, but I’m considering Global Affairs, Economics and Political
What is one tip for freshmen in college? Any, “must-have” items?
In these perilous days of unpredictable storm patterns resulting from global warming, emergency rations are indispensable items in your college packing list. When Sandy hit and we were relegated to our dorms under strict lockdown, deprived of dining hall food, I whipped out my Costco-sized mother-lode of Cherry Dark Chocolate Kashi bars — I could have survived a month. My paranoid suitemate wanted to stock up on iodine in case we ran out of bottled water and had to purify icky New Haven tap. I told her she was taking a step too far.
What do you miss most about Sacred Heart?
The KSC’s newsroom antics, of course. Strange things happened when we were bleary-eyed and delirious after staring at a computer screen for hours, days on end. Also, Ms. Larson’s propensity to break into a show tune from a Broadway musical during said layout sessions. Need I say “Mambo”?
 
Alex Murray

Saint. Andrews University ‘16

Managing Editor of The King Street Chronicle
What is your favorite part of college so far?
One of my favorite things about university (as it is called here) is the flexibility.At   CSH my life was pretty simple and very structured: school, extracurricular activities, homework. Now, over the week I can go to a talk by Great Britain’s former ambassador to Russia who is speaking about Putin’s Russia, or see Argo on a Wednesday night. The flexibility is freeing. I caution students not to get too intoxicated by this freedom, there is still work that needs to get done and you do not need that heart attack of handing an essay in the minute it is due.
What is your major?
I am double-majoring in International Relations and Arabic. This year I am also taking Modern History courses. The system in St Andrews is different from America; you can only take up to three courses a semester. There are lectures three times a week and a tutorial—or smaller group meeting— once a week. Of course for languages it is different, depending on the language there are more tutorials than lectures.
What do you miss most about CSH?
I really miss CSH’s community, it is hard to go from seeing your best friends every day and taking the same classes to talking to them once or twice a week on Skype and having completely different experiences. Also I miss the teachers; at university you are not as close to your professors/teaching fellows as you are in CSH, so cherish it while you can. Whether you realize or not, they have thoroughly prepared you for school. I also miss the traditions. Close to Mater Day, a CSH alumna and I went out for pink donuts. Sadly, there are no pink donuts in St Andrews, so we had to settle for pink cupcakes. All the same, it was nice to observe a Sacred Heart tradition so far from home.
What is it like being abroad?
I love being in Scotland; half the time I do not realize I am in it. Most of the time, I just assume that there is no ocean between Scotland and America, and I can just go home at any time. Of course that is not true, but I feel like college is such a foreign experience anyway that being abroad makes almost no difference. I talk to my family and friends back in the states probably as frequently as anyone else in college. What I do love about St Andrews are the people. You would not believe how many Americans there are here, probably more than Scottish. I do have Scottish and Dutch friends though, and I know people from Romania and Russia, so the diversity makes things so much more fun and interesting. Also, there are different holidays which is always fun. The 5th of November my hall celebrated Guy Fawkes Day by going to the beach and setting off firecrackers and making a bonfire. I’ve never celebrated the holiday so it was an experience. They do not have Thanksgiving here which throws me off because they have already started putting up Christmas decorations, too soon in my opinion.