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.
Victoria Kuhr ’20 (bottom row, first from left) is also a part of the Dominican Scholars of Hope, a living and learning community at the Mount dedicated to discovering and participating in the Mount’s Dominican heritage.
Despite having a self-proclaimed Type A personality, junior Victoria Kuhr was attracted to becoming an English major because of the very diversity and unstructured nature of the study.
“I was drawn to being an English major because of how diverse the major is and how there is not one direction nor field you can go in,” she explains.
The best advantage Victoria sees to being an English major is the tight knit community she found in the Division of Arts and Letters.
“My academic division is fairly small, but it is extraordinarily close knit,” she said. “I feel I practically live in the Arts and Letters departments during certain times of the year whether needing help in my work or just to chat to some of my professors.” Continue Reading
Rosemarie Budhwa, far left, is also an active member of the Mount Saint Mary College choir, which performed a musical revue of “Tomfoolery” last spring.
When Rosemarie Budhwa ’20 first began her study of English at the Mount, she thought her only career option would be in teaching the subject to others.
Thanks to the English faculty at the Mount, however, she soon fell in love with the other opportunities available to her as well.
“English is an area which allows students to go into a plethora of areas,” she explained. “At first, I thought Education was the only path which was available to me with an English degree. However, with the help of the English faculty, I was able to discover a plethora of paths which I was capable of taking and which one was the best for me. Therefore, with the knowledge of literature which the Mount provides, and the different areas which they introduce their students to, I was capable of finding a love for publishing and have been further pushed to discover what other areas I would be interested in focusing further on.” Continue Reading
Mount junior Tianna Hill already knows how she wants to use her degree in Criminology: “I want to be the first African American woman to be Police Commissioner of New York City.”
She’ll be prepared for the job thanks to the Mount’s newest major of Criminology.
Criminology at the Mount explores the study and exploration of the varied aspects of crime including the process of defining crime; victimization and the response of the criminal justice system to that victimization; the response of society to crime, criminals, and victims; and exploring the various reasons as to why people commit crime. It’s a unique program in that it focuses not just on the legal aspect of crime, but also the sociology side – the psychological impacts on both victims and criminals, society’s view of crime throughout history, and the larger reasons why people commit crimes in the first place. Continue Reading
When Alexander Perlak ’20 first arrived at the Mount, he thought he would be pursuing a certification in Education.
After his first semester, however, he realized that being a teacher just wasn’t for him. “The Mount puts their students in the ‘real world’ during their first year to gain experience to make sure this is the right program for them,” he explains, an opportunity he is so grateful for.
He was already a Mathematics major, but after dropping the Education certification, he wasn’t sure how to proceed.
Thankfully, the faculty in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology knew just how to guide him. Continue Reading