14 Jan

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The Mount Reflects: The Division of Arts and Letters

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This week at the Mount, we are celebrating the Division of Arts and Letters, which houses English, Communications, Media Studies, Hispanic Studies, and more. We’ve talked about how the division has a strong family feeling, but what do current students and recent alumni think of the Division? Let’s ask them!


“I love that I have the freedom to be creative and exposure to a variety of texts and ideas. The professors are eager to let you create and express yourself while at the same time not overwhelming you with tedious work.” – Matthew Anastasi, English major seeking certification in Adolescence Education, Class of 2018

“I think one of the most enjoyable parts was how encouraging everyone in Arts and Letters is. They are always willing to give you a chance to express yourself creatively, and they are always willing to help you when you need it.” – Madison Beckman, Journalism major, Class of 2017 Continue Reading

11 Jan

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Then and Now: Alejandra Gomez ’14 MSEd ’16

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Alejandra Gomez tutors a Newburgh resident in English language classes at the Newburgh Armory in 2013.

In 2013, Alejandra Gomez ’14 MSEd ’16 was a junior at Mount Saint Mary College, majoring in Hispanic Studies and pursuing Education certification. The college interviewed her as part of an article on ESL tutoring taking place at the Newburgh Armory.

Today, Gomez is a special education teacher for the Spackenkill Union School District.

The then-junior was working with Karen Eberle-McCarthy to provide weekly ESL tutoring for Newburgh adults. The Mount student knew firsthand the difficulty a language barrier could present. Having immigrated to the United States from Chile, she began kindergarten speaking only Spanish. This program allowed her to give back to the community by helping others become fluent English speakers.

One of the people the caring student was aiding in the program was her father, a Newburgh resident. He often accompanied Gomez to the class.

“It hits home,” said Gomez. “I know how hard it is for people to learn a second language, so this whole program is very important to me.” In 2013, the student was looking forward to studying abroad in Spain with Eberle-McCarthy the next semester.

Now, in 2018, Gomez utilizes her ESL tutoring skills with students in her classroom who are both English language learners and in need of special education services.

Her Mount preparation gave her the skills she needed to combine these two passions. “MSMC allowed me to gain the knowledge, experience, and tools that I needed to get to where I am today,” she reflects. “The professors are very well educated and enthusiastic about what they teach, probably because they were all in our shoes once. I was able to find a mentor and a friend in several of them.”

Gomez’s study abroad and volunteer experiences still stick with her today. “I was able to travel and study abroad in Spain with Dr. Eberle-McCarthy, who ensured that we all had an excellent trip,” she said. “There is so much you learn about yourself and the world when you travel, that you just can’t get through literature alone. I also made some great ties to the Newburgh community through the programs that I was involved in during my time there, including the Newburgh Armory and the schools where I did my student teaching. The amount of fieldwork and experience that the Hispanic Studies and Education programs at MSMC offered made all this possible for me. Today I am able to do what I love and enjoy doing, and do it well.”


Are you interested in pursuing a major in Hispanic Studies? Learn more about the Mount’s program, including study abroad opportunities in Spain!

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07 Dec

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My First Year – Testing Tips

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Hey​ ​there!​ ​My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Natalya​ ​Hoover,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​just​ ​started​ ​my​ ​freshman​ ​year.​ ​I​ ​came​ ​to the​ ​Mount​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​a​ ​career​ ​​in​ ​Psychology​ ​in​ ​hopes​ ​that​ ​after​ ​graduation,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​continue to​ ​help​ ​individuals​ ​for​ ​a​ ​living. ​​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​

As​ ​my first finals​ ​week​ ​approaches,​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​going​ ​to​ ​lie​ – ​I​ ​am​ ​nervous.​ ​Testing​ ​is​ ​nerve-wrecking,​ ​ ​but​ ​really,​ ​a​ ​final​ ​is​ ​just​ ​another​ ​test​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​learned throughout​ ​the​ ​course.​ ​

Mount Saint Mary College ​has​ ​several​ ​academic​ ​tools​ ​open​ ​to​ ​us​ ​to​ ​help​ ​with​ ​test preparation. ​​In​ ​the​ ​Dominican​ ​Center,​ ​for example, you can gather some friends and ​reserve​ ​a​ ​study​ ​room. Surrounding​ ​yourself​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ones​ ​you​ ​love​ ​the​ ​most​ ​could​ ​help​ ​reduce​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​that​ ​test​ ​anxiety feeling.​ ​While​ ​you’re​ ​all​ ​working​ ​hard​ ​studying though,​ ​don’t​ ​forget to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​few​ ​breaks!​ ​Take​ ​a walk​ ​around​ ​campus​ ​and​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​fresh​ ​air.​ ​ Continue Reading

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04 Dec

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The Mount Reflects – Study Tips from the Honors Program

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Here at the Mount, finals are right around the corner. To get ready, students from the Honors Program put together this list of helpful and unique study tips that they’ve learned over the years, to put you on the path towards a successful end of the semester!


Time Management

Annalise Hansen – sophomore History and English major: “Don’t wait until the night before the test to study. Break the information down and go over it piece by piece. Study for short bursts at a time, then take a break and start again. Try practicing answering questions or outline possible essay questions beforehand.”

Nicole Cavallo – senior Biology and Chemistry major on the Physician Assistant prep track: “Don’t procrastinate!” Continue Reading

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21 Nov

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My First Year: A New Path

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My name is Olivia Mulhern, and I am a sophomore here at the Mount. When I started at the Mount, I applied and was accepted into the Nursing program. Throughout high school, I felt like I was forced to have a career choice before the process of applying to college, which was stressful for me. However, I thought Nursing was my perfect career choice. I had the inspirations and grades for the program and career. Most importantly, I had the passion for it. Continue Reading