At the Mount, we encourage our students to find their passion in the classroom.
Today on the blog, Sierra Caban, a sophomore English major pursuing certification in Childhood and Special Education, talks about being passionate about your studies, and why she’s found her passion in the Division of Arts and Letters at the Mount.
“Growing up, I always loved to read and write. Throughout high school, I lost touch with that part of my childhood and focused on just reading for school or doing other extracurricular activities. When I began to look into colleges, I was looking to be a Criminology major, but wasn’t 100% set on that. In my junior year of high school, I had an amazing English teacher that helped me realize that English was my passion. When I first came to the Mount, the English table at the Admissions event drew me in because of all of the classes offered and just how friendly the people were. I remember talking to Professor Phillips and Dr. Shea for awhile at Accepted Students Day because they were telling me all about what the Mount offered in terms of classes and what I could get involved in. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
Mount students enjoying Newburgh’s waterfront.
The Mount is blessed to be located in the historic and beautiful Hudson Valley with plenty to do and see. When they’re not busy studying or participating in on-campus events, our students can always find something to pique their interest in the local area. We asked some Mount students where their favorite places to go off-campus were, and here are their answers:
Binnacle Books – Derek O’Hanlon ’19
A quaint bookstore located in Beacon, NY featuring new and used books. Just 1.4 miles from campus!
Target – Kaitlyn Barber ’21 and Carmel Lozada ’20
Who doesn’t enjoy a good Target run? Thankfully, there’s a Target (along with many other essental stores) located along Route 17-K in Newburgh 4 miles from campus). Plus, the MSMC Shuttle will take you there for free 3 days a week! Continue Reading
Why did you choose your major? A member of the Class of 2021 talks about why she decided to become a Psychology major at the Mount:
“Declaring a major for college can be scary, especially if you don’t know what you want to do. For me, I loved learning about the brain and everything Psychology had to teach. I came into the school as a Psychology major, but after getting a job that had me interacting with children, I figured out I needed to teach. Some of my friends at the Mount went into the school intending to be a teacher. They said that the Education courses they took were great and that if I was thinking about changing my major, I should do it my freshman year.
I scheduled a meeting with my academic advisor, and she told me how to switch majors. It consisted of going to the Psychology, Education, and English faculty to get signed off as switching majors. Everyone in these divisions were really helpful with my transition of changing majors. Plus, when I started telling people that I switched my major and was now going to be a teacher, they were all super supportive. My mom knew I was going to end up being a teacher, so she wasn’t shocked either. Continue Reading
When asked about his future as a senior, Joseph (Joe) Henain ’14 remarked that he felt ready for the next step – medical school – because of the Mount’s preparation. “I feel incredibly bless to be part of this incredible institution,” noted the Biology major on the Pre-Med track in 2013, “and the Mount has definitely prepared me for my next step in life and to fulfill all my dreams to become a doctor.”
Now, four years later, Joe has accomplished that dream.
In May, Joe graduated from Albany Medical College with a degree in medicine, and is already preparing for his next challenge, pursuing training in the field of Vascular and Interventional Radioloy at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
“(The Mount) gave me a great pre-med program,” Joe said. “Every single faculty that I met here has gone above and beyond to help me succeed, not just here at the college level, but teach me lessons about how to succeed in the real world. They’ve given me every opportunity that a big university could, and some more.” Continue Reading