You’re with your family sitting on the couch on a Friday night, relaxing, laughing, and enjoying not thinking about the list of responsibilities that come with being in your senior year of high school.
Then seconds later, your parents ask you the most stressful, nerve-wracking, and suspenseful question: “So Deanna…Where do you plan on going to college?” And for every senior, hearing and thinking about this question creates such indecisiveness in knowing where to be for the next four years.
Right: Deanna Giardina, a freshman at the Mount
However, having been through the college application process myself, it is not as hard as it seems. The best and first step is to start the application process early. Be organized, know your deadlines, and make sure you’re submitting the correct application to each school (since sometimes different schools require different applications). Pushing yourself to start taking action early will go a very long way in the future. Plus, colleges also love to see you apply early because it allows them to get a head start on the application process as well. Continue Reading
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a program that provides academic and financial support to students who otherwise would not be able to attend college. The program, however, is competitive and looks for motivated and economically-disadvantaged students to provide access to a higher education. Not only does this program pave a path to success and prepare students for the real world, it also helps build connections and emphasizes the importance of the community.
As an HEOP student at Mount Saint Mary College, I can honestly say that the program has offered life-changing opportunities I couldn’t receive anywhere else. I’m currently the sophomore representative and chair of Current Events for our Leadership Council, where we organize community outreach and diversity awareness events. Some of our community outreach events include going to local high schools and The Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh to guest speak and provide information about HEOP and college preparation. As a Newburgh resident, I feel the importance of building bridges and connecting the youth in the surrounding area by offering them options. We’ve also collaborated with the Latino Student Union to provide educational events about DACA and plan to collaborate with the Black Student Union for Black History month. Continue Reading