In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.
Megan Morrissey ’10, assistant director of Student Success
Title: Assistant Director of Student Success
Graduation Year: 2010
Department: Office of Student Success
Campus involvement: Advisor for the MSMC Dance Team, First Year Experience Task Force, Coordinated Community Response Team
Favorite spot on campus: Picnic tables on the Dominican Center patio on a warm day, first floor of Whittaker Hall on a cold day
One word to describe the Mount: Home
Megan Morrissey ’10 arrived at the Mount six years ago as an academic coach, but she was no stranger to the community – she graduated from the college in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
As a first-generation college student herself, Megan found that transitioning from high school to college was tough and oftentimes lonely as she tried to figure things out on her own. Now as the assistant director of Student Success in the Mount’s Office of Student Success, she is passionate about helping other students not have to go through those same challenges. “I’m passionate about the work I do in helping students transition from high school to college because this is something I really could have benefited from as a college freshman. I love that I can help my students learn from some of the tougher things I had to go through to make their lives a bit easier.”Some of her greatest accomplishments during her time at the Mount thus far have included the creation of a summer bridge program for freshman student leaders and redeveloping the Student Transition and Engagement Program (STEP) to help incoming freshman from a holistic standpoint.
She encourages students to take advantage of her office’s services, including academic coaching, peer tutoring, and high school to college transition programming, and to never feel like they are alone in this process. “I hope that when students leave my office, they always feel supported, heard, and more at ease,” Megan explains. “We always say, if you have a question and you don’t know where to go, start with your Academic Coach! If they don’t have the answer, they’re going to help you find it!”
Megan gets her drive from the very students she serves. “I like working with college students because this is such an incredibly exciting, scary, confusing, wonderful time in their lives and being able to watch my students come in as timid, nervous freshmen and grow into confident and well-informed adults is one of the best gifts my job gives me. MSMC students have a lot of grit and determination, and they inspire me to be a better professional with each meeting. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to do what I do and give back to a community that helped to make me the person I am today.”
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