By Daley O’Keefe
Being a student athlete seems like such a big commitment, and everyone always hears the athletes complaining about their tough practices. So why do people end up staying on the team all four years? Well, coming from someone who’s been a student athlete her whole life, there are actually a lot of great reasons to be a part of a team in college.
The most stressful thing about college is probably the fear of not being able to find any friends, and not knowing the social norms or what you should be doing. Being part of a team right when you come onto campus takes away this fear almost immediately. When you’re on a team in college it gives you a group of people right away that you can bond with. They can introduce you to new people and help you start to build your new college friend group. I came for an overnight recruiting trip, which means I got to meet the whole team before I even got to campus, and it felt like I already had a family at the Mount. They made me feel at home when I needed it most.
Christina Ryan is a Nursing major with minors in Psychology and Business at the Mount, as well as a resident assistant and crew captain of the MSMC Love Your Melon crew.
What makes my Mount experience unique was playing for the Women’s Lacrosse team. Not too many people can say they played a college sport, but that’s not what made my experience unique!
Being a part of a team has been so amazing the past 4 years! I have built so many long term friendships, and I’ve made some incredible bonds with some incredible girls. Playing a sport I loved for almost my whole life and being able to continue to play it throughout my years here is something I’ll forever be grateful for!
Unfortunately, as a college athlete, I have run out of eligibility and can no longer play, but I would do anything for just a few more game minutes on that field. It’s so hard to explain the feeling you get from playing a game or scoring a goal when it’s needed the most; it’s that feeling I am definitely going to miss the most, but I am super excited to attend games this season and watch all my old teammates kill it on the field!
You can find out more about athletics at the Mount on the MSMC Knights website.
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.
Chris McGorty ’19
Class year: Senior
Certification: Adolescence Education
Campus activities/jobs: Admissions Ambassador, Teacher Opportunity Corps, Phonathon
Favorite spot on campus: Henry’s Courtside Cafe
One word to describe the Mount: Caring
For Chris McGorty, Class of 2019, it was his high school teachers that inspired him to forge his own path in education.
“They made learning fun and got me thinking that I could do that too,” he noted.
His especial focus in his studies is “history in the making,” with a passion on educating his students on events of recent years, such as 9/11, that are fast becoming part of America’s history. Continue Reading
It’s DIII Week this week, where colleges across the country are celebrating Division III athletics. The Mount has 21 Division III athletic teams, and today we’re talking with sophomore Biology major and Women’s Tennis player Michelle Carnovale to talk about her Mount experience both on and off the court.
Knight Life: What attracted you to becoming an athlete at the Mount?
Michelle: When I was on the college search, I was unsure if I was going to continue playing college tennis. I knew being a Biology major was going to be difficult and that I was going to need to focus on being a student before being an athlete. I couldn’t imagine my life without playing tennis though because it had been such a huge part of my life since I was five years old. Thus, Division III athletics seemed liked the perfect balance between academics and athletics.
I was attracted to becoming an athlete at the Mount after talking to athletes and coaches at the college. They emphasized the word “student” when it came to being a “student-athlete.” I was also attracted to being an athlete at the Mount after staying overnight with a team member in which I got the opportunity to shadow a student for a day, watch a practice, and bond with the team. The team felt like a family, and the campus felt like a tight-knit community. After this visit, I knew MSMC was something that I had to be a part of. Continue Reading
Are you thinking about joining the Sports Management program at the Mount? Hear what one Sports Management senior has to say about her experience:
“My name is Tori Baccello, and I am currently a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. I have been studying Sports Management here at the Mount for the past three years.
Being a part of the Sports Management program has been exciting and has opened up many doors for me. During my junior year, my Sports Facility teacher, Scott Russell (who is also the head of the Sports Management program) took us on a class trip to visit The Hudson Valley Renegades. The Renegades are a single A, Tampa Bay Ray affiliate baseball team, and the purpose of the trip was to see how the Renegades ran their facility and operated on a day-to-day basis. While on this class trip, I got to talking with the vice president of the Hudson Valley Renegades, and he offered me (on the spot) an internship with them the following summer. I took the position and was able to complete 3 credits of mandatory internship hours. This internship was perfect for me because my dream job is to one day work with an MLB team in their operations department. Continue Reading