By Dayna Dwyer, Academic Coach
Registration is one of the most nail biting moments of any student’s semester. Waking up at 7:00 AM and making a mad dash toward your laptop, no coffee even in sight yet. We’ve put together some tips to help you through the process with the least amount of stress possible.
- Advising Months
During the months of March and November, students should plan to meet with their Academic Coach and their Academic Advisor in their major area of study to formulate a plan for the next semester. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that students are on the right track per their academic program and are taking all of the necessary and mandatory classes in order to stay on track for graduation. You’ll want to meet with your Coach and Advisor to determine which classes you will be registering for.
- Have “Back Up” Classes
Sometimes the classes you want to take are full before you are able to register for them. In these cases, it is smart to have some “back up” classes that you could register for that also meet your academic requirements. For example, “I want to take U.S. History 1, but if it is full, I can take World History 1 instead.” This way, if a class is unexpectedly full and you cannot register for it, you already know what your next option is! Continue Reading
By: Megan Morrissey
Assistant Director of Student Success
It’s August of 2006, I’m sitting in my common room in Sakac Hall, staring at my US History textbook. It’s the first week of school and my professor Dr. Reilly has a weekly five question quiz on the reading we were assigned for that week. I’m sifting through the chapters, glancing over the bolded words I had highlighted, feeling like a real college student. I walked into the classroom to take the quiz feeling about 85-90% confident in getting a good grade. I mean, even if I didn’t study a ton, it’s US History. I’ve been learning about it since elementary school so something was bound to come back to my memory right?
I know you probably didn’t see this coming, but I did not pass that first quiz. I was pretty upset. School had never really been something I exceled at and frankly I was a little shocked that I got into college. This first official college grade made me feel like such an imposter. Who did I think I was? I just squeezed by in high school, how did I expect to be successful in college? All of my suitemates seemed to be doing great. No one was complaining about bad grades or not understanding the material in classes.
I called my dad to tell him about the grade, assuming he’d get a report card eventually and wanting to be ahead of the curve (spoiler alert…there are no report cards in college. Dumb move Megan.). I asked him what I should do and he told me that he believed in me but I had to figure it out on my own. My parents never went to college so they felt just as helpless as I did. Before we hung up the phone my dad said, “Meg, I think you just gotta study.” Continue Reading
By Liz David
Journalism and Public Relations are two majors at the Mount that are not only a lot more fun and interesting than most people believe, they are also very easy to double major in (trust me…I’m currently doing it!). Now yes, there is a lot of writing (which I think all journalism majors secretly love doing anyway) and interviewing random strangers involved, but there is also so much more to it. If you like writing, social media, or working with the public then these two majors might be a great fit for you. To show you what it can be like as a double major in journalism and P.R., here is a peak at an average Tuesday in my life as one:
By Sam Young
Most people have a general idea of what marketing is, but the idea is often difficult for them to put into words. While marketing always boils down to one goal — creating demand for a product or service — there are countless ways to go about it, and as such, there are countless options for landing a career in marketing. I’ve tried to list most of the general options in this article and also tried to explain how you can use your time at the Mount to prepare for these job options.
Marketing Analytics These marketers collect and analyze data on relevant topics to meet a marketing objective. For example, marketing analysts might collect and review survey data to see how they could better improve the customer experience. They may also collect data on the purchasing behavior of specific demographics to see if they are viable target audiences for new product campaigns. One of the most ingenious applications of marketing analytics I’ve heard of had employees tracking weather data and health insurance withdrawals in target areas to estimate the demand for cold and flu medication. The potential applications of this field are countless. Any combination of Math and Business majors and minors from the Mount from the mount will definitely help prepare you for this field and with the number of overlapping classes in these areas, it’s not uncommon to double major. Continue Reading
By Pascal Kadamani
One of the most important parts of college is making connections and developing relationships with the people you interact with, including your professors! I know how nerve wrecking it might be to approach them at first, but I promise you won’t regret it. All they want is to be there for you, and they can in so many ways. (i.e. assist you in coursework, write letters of recommendation, and help you grow your network). But before they can do all these things, they need to know who you are – and not just by your name being on the class roster. So here are 3 ways that I have used to try to stand out and create strong relationships with my professors:
- Introduce yourself at the beginning of the semester: Just like how it’s your first day of school, it’s their first day too! By showing up a little early to the first class of the semester, introducing yourself, and exchanging some small conversation, this opens the door to easily saying hello and goodbye during class (manners matter). This forces the professor to know who you are, along with how polite you are.