We make decisions in our life every day. Whether it’s something small like what to eat for breakfast or something on the larger scale like making a difference in people’s lives, we make these decisions to not only benefit ourselves but for everyone we come into contact with. Christina Mistretta, a senior at the Mount, has just made a decision that will change her life (and others’ lives!) for the better. Christina will be traveling across the world to Tanzania, Africa this July. She has accepted a position in the Peace Corps as a secondary education science teacher.
Christina on a service trip in Ecuador
Christina’s life during college has been all about big decisions. Her first was choosing to attend Mount Saint Mary College to study Biology- Adolescent Education. Coming from Brooklyn, NY, Christina was excited for this chapter in her life in an environment she wasn’t used to. She fell in love with the Mount and everything it had to offer her. Once she was here, she wasted no time in getting involved. Christina became an active member in Habitat for Humanity and had a huge role as the president and founder of our Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors program. She is also a chair member on the Student Honors Council.
This wasn’t enough for Christina, though. She wanted to do more all around campus, so she decided to apply to be a resident assistant. After receiving word as a freshman that she had been accepted, Christina couldn’t wait to get started. Becoming an RA was a huge decision she had to make and she took it a step further for her senior year by becoming a senior RA (SRA), which is a step above a regular RA. Three years in Res Life has changed Christina’s life. She explained that she has met people that she can call friends for the rest of her life and she has had experiences she hopes to take with her through life.
19. Meet new people
It is never too late to meet someone new. Before graduating, try talking to someone you have never met before. Who knows, maybe that one person will become a friend you will have forever.
18. Attend an event on campus you have never been to
Throughout your four years at the Mount, there have been many events hosted. You have probably been to a lot of them but try to go to one you’ve never been before. This is just a good way to try something new.
17. Use all of your resources
After graduation, we’re probably never going to have all of the resources we have here available to us all the time such as the library, writing center, and athletic trainers.
16. Explore the area around campus
We live in a beautiful area of the Hudson Valley. Go explore what it has to offer.
15. Hike Mount Beacon
A popular activity to do for Mount students is going down to Beacon and hiking. If you haven’t done this yet, you have to do it at least once. Who knows if you’ll ever be this close to a beautiful hiking trail again?
14. Go on a late night Alexis Diner run with your friends
There is nothing better than pancakes at 2 am with some of your closest friends. Cherish every moment you have. 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.
Angelica Rolka ’20
Class Year: Junior
Campus Activities/Jobs: Get Creative Club, Library Worker
Favorite spot on campus: The Forgotten Stairwell Loop in the Dominican Center
Career aspirations: To become a midwife, then Nursing professor
One word to describe the Mount: Close-knit
“The Mount was my #1 college choice after visiting it just once,” says Angelica Rolka ’20.
“I was very shy when I first started out, avoiding all the freshman activities and keeping to myself in the dorm room,” she reminisces. “My freshman roommate, now best friend, Emily Fricano, was the first Mount person I talked to and connected with. Now you can see me sitting in the View chatting away with Father Greg and many other Mount students.”
The Spring 2019 semester can be seen as a fresh start for some students. Maybe for freshmen who switched their major, it’s a chance to start a new career path. This semester could be a chance for a sophomore to join a club or even start a new one. For juniors, it’s a chance to start looking for summer internships, but for seniors, this is it. This is our last semester in college. As our weeks are dwindling down, we all start to reminisce on our time here at the Mount. Everything we learned and experienced in our four years has prepared us to enter the real world and now it’s time to put those skills to use.
Sitting down with Senior Class President Mikayla Zaccaria and Senior Resident Assistant Margot Cano, they talked about their Mount experience.
What are you going to miss most about the Mount?
Mikayla: “I am going to miss my friends that became family. We have all grown so much over the last 4 years and it is going to be hard not having them down the hall from me, or eating every meal together. All the memories we have created I will cherish forever!”
What is your favorite memory you have of your four years here?
Mikayla: “My best memory that I have of my four years is winning Mount Olympics as a junior. Everyone thought that it was rigged and that seniors always win, but my class squashed that rumor and gave hope to the younger classes! We were able to keep our streak going and won our senior year as well!” Continue Reading
Culture, language, and an experience of a lifetime, that is what you get while studying abroad in a different country. Many college students throughout their time at college get to experience what it would be like to study abroad. Whether it’s a month trip over summer or winter break, or even a whole semester length, studying abroad is an experience worth trying. Just ask senior, Maggie Pedersen, who spent her fall 2018 semester studying and traveling abroad in Australia.
Maggie finished up her last 12 credits of college attending James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. While she was there, Maggie experienced a whole new way of learning. With an atmosphere she has never experienced Maggie relied on her resources she has learned at her time at the Mount. She mentioned that not many Mount students have studied abroad for a whole semester before. It was something her and the study abroad office had to work on together to accomplish. They worked together closely to pick a study abroad program that would best benefit her. Maggie chose the ISA which stands for the International Studies Abroad. She credited the Mount with helping her make this crucial decision. Continue Reading