22 Jan

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Top Shops for Your Caffeine Fix

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The best coffee shops near MSMC

By Belle Frank

I am the self-appointed coffee connoisseur on campus. My addiction to a good caffeinated beverage has made me travel far and wide to find the best shops with the perfect balance of decent coffee and a studious atmosphere. Here are my favorites ranked:

5. Blacc Vanilla, Newburgh, NY

Located only a couple of blocks from campus, Blacc Vanilla has a swanky atmosphere accompanied with delicious lattes and beverages. They also have a savory menu for food that is to die for. The shop is complete with local art of popular musical performers. Enjoy your coffee with Chance the Rapper!

4. Bank Square, Beacon, NY

This coffee shop is the first building that greets you when you turn onto Main Street in Beacon. The owners opened the shop to create a relaxing atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Bank Square has a variety of coffee drinks to order, mine being the Vietnamese iced coffee. It is made with dark roast drip coffee and sweetened condensed milk, giving it an intense flavor. The shop also has vegan and gluten free pastry options.

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07 Jan

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What To Do Right Now to Prepare for the Spring Semester

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By Mack the Knight

Believe it or not, the spring semester is only two weeks away! Here are some things you can do right now to prepare for a fantastic Spring 2020 semester:

  • Start packing: If you pack for five minutes every day, then you won’t have to cram next Sunday! Don’t forget to bring back a professional outfit for any Career Center events or internship/job interviews coming up this semester.
  • Read a good book: Knowledge helps in any field, so no matter what classes you’re taking this semester, you’ll have a broader worldview just by reading one extra book! (Even better, get ahead on your semester’s reading by starting one of your textbooks early.)
  • Join a new club: Check out our list of more than 30 clubs and reach out to the club president to find out when they meet!
  • Get ahead on applications: Now is the time to start applications for graduate school, summer jobs and internships, study abroad, donor scholarships, and more! Check out the Portal announcements section for upcoming deadlines.
  • Set your schedule: Curl up in a comfy chair and write out your schedule, either digitally or in a planner, for the semester, including classes, club meetings, internship or job hours, and sports practices and games. That way, you can start the semester off feeling organized and just having to add tests and project deadlines! Don’t forget to schedule in some time for self-care and relaxation.
  • Sleep in: We all know sleep is a precious commodity in college, so get in some extra zzzz’s now so you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the coming semester!

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02 Jan

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20 New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

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By Mack the Knight

Whether you’re a prospective student, current student, or alumni, we’ve got a Mount resolution to inspire you throughout 2020!

Prospective Students:

1. Apply to the Mount!

2. Attend an admissions event.

3. Commit to the Mount!

4. Start classes here.

5. Take a photo with your acceptance packet and post it to social media (be sure to tag us #LovintheKnightLife)!

Current Students:

6. Make the Dean’s List.

7. Reach 20 pieces of Mount swag in your closet.

8. Take a class in a subject you’ve never tried before.

9. Make three new friends. Continue Reading

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19 Dec

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10 Things That Made the 2010s Awesome

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The 2010s were a pretty good decade for the Mount! We saw growth in a number of areas and had some pretty awesome moments. Here are a few of our favorites!

1. We bought, renovated, and opened the Dominican Center.

 

2. Jesse McCartney played on campus in 2018 and brought out the inner early 2000s middle school girl in all of us.

 

3. We added 19 new programs to our academic offerings, including concentrations in Sports Management and Healthcare Management as well as majors like Cybersecurity and Exercise Science. Continue Reading

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10 Dec

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7 Things That Should Be on Every College Senior’s Bucket List

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By Liz David 

Another Fall semester has to come to an end. For the seniors, this means that our last Fall semester is over…and before we know it our time here at the Mount and in college will be ending too. For the past three years we have been living our best college lives to the best of our abilities, but maybe there are some things that we have yet to experience as a college student. Luckily, there is still plenty of time to try and experience all the things we haven’t had the chance or maybe didn’t have the courage to try in college. So to help you figure out how to truly enjoy every last moment of your college life, here are 7 things that should be on your college bucket list:

 

  • Attending a school event. There are so many different events hosted all the time here at the Mount, however I’m sure there are at least a few of you who have never really bothered or thought about attending one, at least willingly. But this is your last chance to give the various activities the Mount is offering to us students a try. I myself was skeptical about attending my first college hosted event, but they actually can be a lot of fun. (Especially with friends). I personally recommend Bingo!

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