By: Megan Morrissey
Assistant Director of Student Success
It’s August of 2006, I’m sitting in my common room in Sakac Hall, staring at my US History textbook. It’s the first week of school and my professor Dr. Reilly has a weekly five question quiz on the reading we were assigned for that week. I’m sifting through the chapters, glancing over the bolded words I had highlighted, feeling like a real college student. I walked into the classroom to take the quiz feeling about 85-90% confident in getting a good grade. I mean, even if I didn’t study a ton, it’s US History. I’ve been learning about it since elementary school so something was bound to come back to my memory right?
I know you probably didn’t see this coming, but I did not pass that first quiz. I was pretty upset. School had never really been something I exceled at and frankly I was a little shocked that I got into college. This first official college grade made me feel like such an imposter. Who did I think I was? I just squeezed by in high school, how did I expect to be successful in college? All of my suitemates seemed to be doing great. No one was complaining about bad grades or not understanding the material in classes.
I called my dad to tell him about the grade, assuming he’d get a report card eventually and wanting to be ahead of the curve (spoiler alert…there are no report cards in college. Dumb move Megan.). I asked him what I should do and he told me that he believed in me but I had to figure it out on my own. My parents never went to college so they felt just as helpless as I did. Before we hung up the phone my dad said, “Meg, I think you just gotta study.” Continue Reading
Cailey Walls, senior at Mount Saint Mary College, just started a new club called Operation Student’s Support Military (Operation S.S.M.). The club, which Cailey founded this year, is all about giving back to the military.
Cailey was inspired to begin the club after years of Student Government Association experience. “Having been on SGA for many years I wanted a challenge,” she explained. “New President Kayla O’Connor gave me the confidence to start and run a new club.”
Figuring out which club to form came as a challenge, but after much research, Cailey figured out what she wanted to do – and who she wanted to serve.
“Approximately 92 students at the Mount have received Veterans Benefits,” she noted, “and approximately 45% of those students are actual veterans. In the three years of attending this school, I noticed that we have had small events on campus but never a club. So when life hands lemons, you make lemonade. And that is how Operation Students Supporting Military came about.”
The purpose of this club is to help those currently enlisted and those that are veterans, both here at the Mount and in the local community. Things the club will partake in is the fundraising for projects like Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House Foundation and Hudson Valley Honor Flight, while also informing about life after war and how to help those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Continue Reading
Today, we will hear from Jacob Gaydos, who spent the spring semester in Ireland interning with Eventhaus, full service event planning and marketing company. Here, he will tell you all about his experience. Continue Reading
Today, we have a post from Chris, a very active member of the Mount community. He will be sharing some of the many ways that he is involved on campus.
So you’ve sent in your deposit, and you are committed to Mount Saint Mary College. Congratulations, and welcome to the Mount family!
After spending more than a year preparing for this moment, now that it’s here, you are probably left thinking “now what?” Now, you register for Orientation and get ready for the best four years of your life! Read on to hear from one of our Orientation Leaders about what to expect from your two-day excursion here. Continue Reading