The first issue of Every Hundred Feet: Tales of Laurentians Abroad, a student-created journal, was created by Student Fellow, Hannah Chanatry.
I spent four months living in an apartment in Rome. I stayed with a host family, navigated the city until I knew it better than Canton, New York, and carried euros in my wallet. I spoke a different language! And when I returned to St. Lawrence after my semester abroad, I was asked the following question in passing: how was it? I couldn’t answer. I smiled and said, “It was great” because that’s what social norms dictate, but that wasn’t my real answer. How was I supposed to explain the excitement and nostalgia and ups and downs and complex feelings I had about my experience in the time span of fifteen seconds? It was impossible. And so Every Hundred Feet was born. Out of an inability to shrink-wrap my experience and a fear of letting it sit in the back corner of my mind, collecting dust, I created a magazine where Laurentians like me, struggling to make sense of what it all meant, can explore their stories and share them with people who want to hear them: with people who understand. The experiences represented here are only a small fraction of those that exist on this campus; sixty-three percent of the St. Lawrence student body study abroad before they graduate, and that number is climbing. Still, I believe everybody can find something they connect with in these pages. There are tales of triumph, anxiety, big adventures, and small, intimate moments. I hope if you have not yet traveled that this magazine inspires you to pack your bag, and if you have already seen the world, I hope you will tell us your stories.
- Hannah Chanatry, Creator and Editor in Chief