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.
Megan Morrissey ’10, assistant director of Student Success
Title: Assistant Director of Student Success
Graduation Year: 2010
Department: Office of Student Success
Campus involvement: Advisor for the MSMC Dance Team, First Year Experience Task Force, Coordinated Community Response Team
Favorite spot on campus: Picnic tables on the Dominican Center patio on a warm day, first floor of Whittaker Hall on a cold day
One word to describe the Mount: Home
Megan Morrissey ’10 arrived at the Mount six years ago as an academic coach, but she was no stranger to the community – she graduated from the college in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
As a first-generation college student herself, Megan found that transitioning from high school to college was tough and oftentimes lonely as she tried to figure things out on her own. Now as the assistant director of Student Success in the Mount’s Office of Student Success, she is passionate about helping other students not have to go through those same challenges. “I’m passionate about the work I do in helping students transition from high school to college because this is something I really could have benefited from as a college freshman. I love that I can help my students learn from some of the tougher things I had to go through to make their lives a bit easier.” Continue Reading
Today on the blog, we hear from Mount freshman Daniel Mendez, who tells us about what it’s like to change majors.
Hello, my name is Daniel Mendez. I am a freshman here at the Mount with a major in Biology, but am currently looking to change to something else next semester. Only being a freshman in college, I have a whole lot to learn about many things, including maintaining a good academic standing, being responsible for all the tasks I have to complete, and most importantly, managing my time wisely. However, one thing I have learned about college in my first few weeks here at the Mount is something that is very crucial to overall success not only in college but also in life: I learned how important the decision is when selecting a major. Continue Reading
Here at Mount Saint Mary College, each incoming freshman student is assigned an academic coach from the Office of Student Success to guide him or her through the transition from high school to college. The academic coach is meant to be a friendly face that freshmen can rely on for everything from scheduling classes to discussing roommate conflicts and helps to make students more comfortable with the Mount and college life. Sophomore Criminology major Iris Stewart just finished her freshman year last year, and had some advice for incoming students about academic coaching at the Mount: Continue Reading
Hello and welcome to the My First Year blog series! My name is Brianne Thompson, and I am one of the Academic Coaches in the Office of Student Success. Before I explain the purpose of this blog, let me first tell you a little bit about myself and how I wound up at Mount Saint Mary College.
I am a native of the Hudson Valley and grew up in Orange County. Throughout my childhood and teen years, music was my life. I started piano lessons in the second grade and voice lessons shortly after that. I was the stereotypical “music geek” in high school, participating in any musical ensemble that was offered, All-County and All-State choruses, starring in multiple musical productions, and going to hang out in the music room during any free period I had. There was no doubt in my mind at that point that my career in the future would be centered on music. Therefore, I applied and was accepted to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey – a very prestigious, music-only college. Continue Reading