By Liz David
Many college students today choose to go away for college, and there are plenty of great things that come with that decision. However, the one thing that makes being away from home for the first time difficult is the homesickness that everyone inevitably ends up feeling. (even me, as a senior).
When I came to the Mount almost four years ago as a brand new freshman, it was my very first time being away from home for a long period of time. I am from Long Island, which is about two hours (when there isn’t tons of traffic) away from the Mount. Another fun fact about me is that I am an only child, which also means that growing up, I only ever lived with my parents. I thought for sure that going away to school and being without my parents for the first time would be the best thing ever, and I believed (foolishly) that I would never get homesick.
By Mack the Knight
Class of 2023: You’re finally here! We’re so excited to officially welcome you to the Mount family. Here are 23 things you should do this first week to set you up for success and fun this semester:
1. Attend the Club Fair (happening today on the Sod Field — outside of Hudson Hall — at 4 pm!).
2. Try out all of the on-campus eateries (may we recommend the Mac Bites?).
3. Sign up for a club that interests you (either at the Club Fair or by going to this list and emailing the president).
Dear Freshman Me,
Graduation is quickly approaching and just like that, four quick years are gone. I am sitting here writing this letter to you because knowing what I know now, there are a lot of things I wish I were able to tell you back then. College was an experience of many ups and downs and it involved a lot of trial and error. The biggest advice I want to give you is enjoy this time. In a blink of an eye, you are graduating and the real world starts to set in.
Freshman year was filled with new experiences and new surroundings. It was your first time away from home. We didn’t have mom there to hold our hand and do our laundry. We had to figure it out for ourselves or we wouldn’t have any clean clothes. But guess what, you did it, and that was just the first milestone of many more to come. Once we conquered our laundry, it was time to move onto something more on the larger scale. You were in a totally new atmosphere and you didn’t know who anyone was. Your friends from high school may not have been there, so it was time to make some new friends. You were able to put yourself out there and soon enough, you had your group. These friends became your family away from home and they are who you spent every day with. Continue Reading
Name: Day’sha Tyson
Entry Year and Status: 2018 (Freshman)
Major/Intended Major: Nursing
How did you decide on your academic or career path?
I chose the nursing program because of my interest in how things work and because I have a desire to help others. Also, because it’s a great way to provide and take care of my mother.
How did you overcome obstacles during your first year?
I will admit I struggled in the beginning because the transition from high school is very different. But, as time tried, I learned different study methods to help me with my classes. Most of all, I reminded myself that my purpose is bigger than just me.
What advice would you give to first-year students who are struggling?
My advice would be that it’s okay to ask for help. Half of the students don’t know what we are doing, especially in the first year. Also, focus on the more important things, not just the fun aspect of college but what you came here for. Continue Reading
My name is Olivia Mulhern, and I am a sophomore here at the Mount. When I started at the Mount, I applied and was accepted into the Nursing program. Throughout high school, I felt like I was forced to have a career choice before the process of applying to college, which was stressful for me. However, I thought Nursing was my perfect career choice. I had the inspirations and grades for the program and career. Most importantly, I had the passion for it. Continue Reading