Hello! My name is Christiana Kerrs, and I am a first-year student here at Mount Saint Mary College. Since it is my first year at the Mount, I am technically a freshman, but academically I am a sophomore because college credits I received from my high school through Dutchess Community College.
My major of History and pursuit of Education and Special Education certification comes from my family’s legacy. Thirty years ago, my grandma opened up a nursery school in Hyde Park, NY. My mom and two aunts began to work at the nursery school as well, and soon enough it became a family business. Growing up, I was constantly at the nursery school, and as soon as I turned 14, I began working during the summer and eventually every day after school. Fast forward a few years, and I’m still working there during college after my classes each day. This experience is where I began to have a love for kids and the desire to become a teacher. Continue Reading
Did you ever want to know what it was really like to be a Mount student? Now’s your chance! We followed Jake Kosack, a senior Business major with a concentration in Sports Management and the senior class president (as well as a resident assistant!), around to spend a day in the life of a Mount student.
Photo and illustrations by Colin Seifrit of MSMC Residence Life
8:45 am – Wake up and get ready for class
9:05 am – Attend my first class of the day – Management Communication
10:10 am – Walk to the Kaplan Center to practice my skills in Public Speaking with Dr. Langstedt
11:15 am – Discuss plays and our upcoming project in Intro to Theater with Professor Phillips
12:15 pm – Grab lunch with friends in the View before work
1:00 pm – Spend the next 2.5 hours doing office hours in the Student Activities office – helping with office work and planning upcoming events
3:30 pm – Up to Guzman Hall for my Theology of Film class, where we watch a movie together and pick out religious elements with Dr. Miller Continue Reading
As a Mount student, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of interning before, but today, we’re going to let our #SuperInterns tell you in their own words why doing an internship was the best part of their college experience.
More than classes
“I worked as a clinical assistant at Montefiore Medical Center assisting patients with basic care needs and helping my preceptor with anything she needed. I learned that I can handle a lot more than I originally thought, and that nursing is more than just knowing medications and diseases, but also being there for people emotionally. Having this experience also taught me that teamwork and communication are everything in life. If you are thinking about interning, DO IT! It was the greatest opportunity of my life! You get to experience what your future career will be like and learn so much more than what classes and college can teach you! You will find so much more confidence about graduating and beginning your future career. Would I intern again? 100x yes!!!!!!” – Aideen Ginty ’18, Nursing major Continue Reading
This week, sophomore Psychology major Jennefer Ferdous continues her advice for freshmen with how to find and create your own support system at college.
Without a support system, pursuing your dreams can be hard. For example, sometimes college students have career goals that aren’t supported by their family or friends, due to the uncertainty of success in their chosen career path. While that is a valid reason for concern, many people choose their career path for the satisfaction they receive from it rather than the financial benefits. Even if your chosen career doesn’t guarantee millions of dollars, it’s still worth chasing after if it makes you happy! Continue Reading
As part of our celebration of the Division of Social Sciences this week, we sat down with Mount senior Alyssa Castellani, a Human Services major and president of the Human Services honor society on campus, to talk about her last four years at the Mount. Her path to finding her major was unique – Alyssa came in to the college as a Nursing major, switched to Education, and finally found her calling in Human Services – but was definitely worth the wait.
KL: What made you decide to be a Human Services major?
Alyssa: I knew I wanted to be part of the helping professions; I just needed to figure out what career path matched my desire to help and care for those who need it and give them the best life I can – not to mention motivate me to want to attend my classes and love the job that will become part of my everyday life when I graduate! Once that desire to help became clear, Human Services stood out to me because there are so many different areas of focus within the field that provide me opportunities to help. Whether you want to work with children, mental health, the elderly, etc., the options are endless. Although I have changed majors a few times during my time here at the Mount, I am happy with the path that I took to get to where I am today. I honestly wouldn’t want to change a thing. My participation in the Human Services major here at Mount has had such an impact on me and has reassured me that Human Services is absolutely the field for me. Continue Reading