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.
Chris McGorty ’19
Class year: Senior
Certification: Adolescence Education
Campus activities/jobs: Admissions Ambassador, Teacher Opportunity Corps, Phonathon
Favorite spot on campus: Henry’s Courtside Cafe
One word to describe the Mount: Caring
For Chris McGorty, Class of 2019, it was his high school teachers that inspired him to forge his own path in education.
“They made learning fun and got me thinking that I could do that too,” he noted.
His especial focus in his studies is “history in the making,” with a passion on educating his students on events of recent years, such as 9/11, that are fast becoming part of America’s history.
One of his favorite parts of the Mount’s Education program is the fieldwork experience and opportunities offered to students in the division. Beginning fieldwork early helped to solidify his desire to become an educator, and Chris also explains that students will practice their skills in their Education classes as well by teaching one another.
Another important aspect of his Mount journey has been supportive professors. “Dr. Spielhagen is a big influence,” Chris added. “She’s always giving feedback. It’s always nice to hear that faculty want you to succeed.”
When he’s not in a classroom either at the Mount or in the Hudson Valley for fieldwork, you can find Chris on the tennis courts as a member of the Men’s Tennis team. A tennis player since he was four years old, Chris has received All-Skyline Conference honors twice and was selected to compete at the ITA Northeast Regional Tournament in 2017. He also helped lead the team to the Skyline Conference semifinals, one of his favorite memories thus far.
Most importantly, though, Chris has found that being a student-athlete at the Mount has not only provided him with an additional friend group, but also the freedom to balance being in school and on a team. “I’m able to stay focused in the classroom and practice,” he said. “It helps me as a whole person.”
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