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22 Feb

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Resumes and Interviews and Travel, Oh My!

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By Dan Fenyo

Step 1: Go to college

Step 2: ???

Step 3: Land your dream job and live a successful life

That’s the plan for most college prospects, right? There’s a pervasive myth that seems to imply that recent college graduates can flash their degree at the front door of any business and expect to be hired on the spot. While that would be nice, we know how absurd it seems. The job market certainly isn’t getting any easier to navigate; the population of degree-holding graduates is constantly increasing, causing competition for sought-after positions to intensify dramatically. A diploma alone isn’t enough to compete for employment. When 50 applicants all hold the same degree from equally respectable institutions, your child will need a competitive edge to stand out in the crowd. That’s where the MSMC Career Center comes in.

When your child wanders into Aquinas 151, what can they expect to find? Well, first off, flexibility! Students are welcome to make an appointment Monday through Friday as early at 8:30AM or, if they’re strapped for time, just drop in! Once they’re in the door though, they can check out any of these amazing resources offered free to students:

Career Counseling

“What can I do with my degree?” is a common question from college students. For some majors like Nursing or Education, the employment prospects might seem fairly obvious whereas some majors like Public Relations, Criminology, Human Services, or Psychology might not seem to translate into eponymous professions in quite the same way. When a student sits down with one of our career counselors, they’ll have the opportunity to take a personality evaluation test like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which can help suggest potential job prospects to which they’re well-suited. Is your child an ENFP? Maybe they’d make a great landscape architect! More of an INTJ? Perhaps working in a microbiology lab could suit them! Once a counselor identifies a student’s vocational strengths and aptitude, they’ll work one-on-one to find relevant internship opportunities in the local area. Continue Reading

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18 Feb

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From Classes to Careers

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By Dan Fenyo

Why do families send their young ones to college? For a few years of peace and quiet? Maybe to catch up on some reading at the cost of a few thousand dollars? While there are undoubtedly a few individuals who might have these factors in mind, it’s much more likely that you’re working alongside your child to ensure a successful future for them. Sure, you could liquidate their college fund, spend it on lottery tickets, and hope for the best, but if you happen to be a reasonable person, investing in college is probably a safer bet.

One of the key metrics to help measure the potential return on investment of your child’s college education is the school’s Job Placement Rate. A college’s Job Placement Rate is a particularly interesting statistic because, outside of the obvious data it represents, there are a number of implicit suggestions associated with it. Let’s take a look at the Mount’s rate: based on NACES standards of evaluation*, graduates from Mount Saint Mary College who don’t plan to pursue their master’s degree can expect to be placed in a position of degree-relevant, full-time employment at a rate of about 73% within 6 months of graduation. Nationally, that same statistic sits around 53%.

So what does it mean that the Mount’s Job Placement Rate is 20 points above the national average? Well, a few things! First off, we know that Mount grads get jobs. If you factor in part-time employment, that 73% gets turns into 95% of employed graduates. While the US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not officially track the number of times the average person will change jobs in their lifetime, LinkedIn has estimated that a contemporary college grad can expect to change their occupation at least 4 times in the first ten years after graduation. Getting into the job market as soon as possible after college can be essential to building invaluable vocational experience and stopping the job hop.

The Mount’s Job Placement Rate can also tell us a little something about the support network available to students during and long after their time at school. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the MSMC Alumni population and their role in the school’s success. Jeremy Smith, the subject of that post, has represented the Mount in the professional world since graduating in 2006 through his exemplary employment history as well as his own entrepreneurial endeavors. In fact, Smith announced during his address at last month’s Open House that his company, SKYWIREme, has recently hired a current Mount student. Smith is just one example of the many Mount alums who continue to pave the way for current and future students.

One of the most important sources of support available to Mount students, however, is the bounty of resources offered by the Career Center on campus. While our incredible faculty equips our students with the tools to succeed, the Career Center is responsible for honing and utilizing those skills to ultimately parlay into lifetime career achievement.

What makes the MSMC Career Center so successful? Check back later this week when I’ll be talking about the specific resources available to Mount students from the first day of freshman year until retirement and beyond!


Daniel Fenyo has been an admissions counselor at the Mount since September 2018. A lifelong Hudson Valley resident, he enjoys reading, writing, and all things nerdy in his free time.

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14 Feb

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Just One More Thing!

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By Dan Fenyo

I’ll admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve lived in a dorm. My expertise on the matter may be somewhat dated. While I stand by my advice from Monday’s article, I thought it might be a good idea to consult the real experts: current MSMC resident students!

Some of our wonderful Student Ambassadors sat down and gave me a list of items they wish they had thought to bring on move-in day as freshmen. Let’s take a look at some of their suggestions:

Extra Sheets and Towels

The experts’ advice? However many towels you think you need, bring more. The same goes for bed linens, of course. As a fan of Douglas Adams’ the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I can attest to the importance of having a towel on-hand at all times. In a similar vein, the Ambassadors also recommend that your student packs a folding drying rack to cut down on how many dryer loads when laundering their bounty of towels. In the case of extra towels and sheets, it’s a classic example of having them and not needing them instead of needing them and not having them. What’s worse than drying off with a smelly towel anyway? Yuck! Continue Reading

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11 Feb

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There’s No Place Like Home

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By Dan Fenyo

Ah college dorm residency! For some, an exhilarating first foray into independent living. For others, an unbridled plunge into unsupervised bedlam. Still others will reckon with the experience in totally unpredictable ways! Any idea which one your child will be?

For resident students, transitioning into life in a dorm may be the single most jarring change in their college journey. With high school students enrolling in an increasing number of AP and college-level classes, the academic course-load they encounter by the time they actually reach college might seem completely manageable (or even laughable). Although calculus might be old hat to them, living on their own could be uncertain territory, so before you unpack the minivan and say goodbye to them until Columbus Day, here are a few tips to help ease their move-in and your headache. Continue Reading

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04 Feb

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Safe and Sound

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By Dan Fenyo

Some of the most common questions we receive from prospective students are about campus safety. As a parent, sending your child to live elsewhere (potentially somewhere very far from home) can be a terrifying prospect. There’s a long-standing tradition in movies and television of representing college campuses as communes of debauchery and criminality crawling with carbon copies of 1978-era John Belushi stumbling around with less-than-savory intentions; in short, Saturnalia punctuated intermittently with classes and assignments. The reality of it though is that Hollywood’s depiction of college simply doesn’t exist. At least, it doesn’t exist at the Mount!

Joking aside, security on campus is a very serious matter for parents, students, and the college itself. For that reason, Our Office of Campus Security and Safety is one of our greatest assets here. Matthew Byrne, our director of Security and Safety is a retired Police Chief of the Middletown Police Department. Carl Truffi, Coordinator of Security and Safety, served as a sergeant for the NYPD. So many others have served in law enforcement in some way over the years. With that kind of background students and families can rest assured that the folks managing the safety of the campus know what they’re doing. Continue Reading

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