Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.
Kate Burmon, Assistant Professor of Criminology
My name is Kate Melody Burmon and this fall marks the beginning of my second year of teaching criminology at Mount Saint Mary College. At the time, if I had been asked what my college years were like, I would have answered that they were hands down the best years of my life. While I’m not that far removed from those days, so many of my life experiences have shaped who I am today that I hesitate to use superlatives. However, I can say that I loved college and that it created opportunities in my social life, academic pursuits, employment, and personal development that I never could have anticipated and served as a foundation for everything that has come since. We use the terms traditional student to denote students who are starting their college career within a year or so of graduating high school, but the reality is that every student is non-traditional in the sense that we each arrive on campus – wherever that campus may be – prepared in some ways and vastly overwhelmed in others. 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.
Dr. Paul Schwartz, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development
Title: Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development
Years at the Mount: 41
Division: Division of Social Science
One could say that Dr. Paul Schwartz is dedicated to the Mount and its students – he’s been a professor at the college since 1977!
He is much beloved by the students, and the feeling is mutual: The students are his favorite thing about working at the college, he explains. He loves “watching the future take shape and develop in them” and is passionate about teaching them how to think. Continue Reading
Hi, my name is Nicole Pelton. I am a commuter at Mount Saint Mary College and am entering my sophomore year. My major is Nursing, and I am particularly passionate about ICU nursing. I love the Mount and am very grateful to be earning my degree at such a wonderful college!
One of my favorite aspects of Mount Saint Mary is the fact that all of the professors here are so wonderful. This brings me to my advice for first-year students: College is a challenging time and it can become easy for students to become discouraged and to place blame on their classes or professors. However, it is important to respect your professors and realize that they are there for you and want you to succeed
As college students, we all come across classes that are more challenging than others. During these times, itis important to remember that this simply means we may need to put more time and energy into those classes. It does not mean that the professor is being unreasonable. College is a growth period, and we can only grow when we are pushed out of our comfort zones! Learning to take responsibility for our grades and assignments may be a hard thing at first, but it is an important life skill. It is harmful when we do not take responsibility. It causes us to lose motivation to improve, since we are putting the blame on something or someone else. Remember that you can succeed even in the most challenging classes! Talking to your professors and reaching out to them for help is one of the best ways to succeed in a class. Continue Reading