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02 Jul

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My First Year – Switching Your Major

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Why did you choose your major? A member of the Class of 2021 talks about why she decided to become a Psychology major at the Mount:

“Declaring a major for college can be scary, especially if you don’t know what you want to do. For me, I loved learning about the brain and everything Psychology had to teach. I came into the school as a Psychology major, but after getting a job that had me interacting with children, I figured out I needed to teach. Some of my friends at the Mount went into the school intending to be a teacher. They said that the Education courses they took were great and that if I was thinking about changing my major, I should do it my freshman year.

I scheduled a meeting with my academic advisor, and she told me how to switch majors. It consisted of going to the Psychology, Education, and English faculty to get signed off as switching majors. Everyone in these divisions were really helpful with my transition of changing majors. Plus, when I started telling people that I switched my major and was now going to be a teacher, they were all super supportive. My mom knew I was going to end up being a teacher, so she wasn’t shocked either. Continue Reading

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20 Jun

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My First Year – Why I Chose the Mount

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We love hearing about all of the reasons our students end up choosing the Mount! Here is why one of the members of the Class of 2021 decided to become a Knight:

“When I was starting to look for colleges to apply to, I really wanted to stay close to home and have a small class size. I was having trouble finding a school that fit this criteria, however.

Then, in high school, I was part of a a class that pushed students to discover a new passion and make a project based on that passion. While taking this course, there was an eight-page essay that needed to be written, and Mount Saint Mary College graciously allowed us to use their library database. While researching for the paper, we were also given a tour of the campus, and I knew this was where I belonged. Everyone was very nice, from the teachers and staff to the students we saw walking from class to class. Plus, the campus is beautiful and right by the Hudson River. Continue Reading

14 May

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My First Year – Commuting Part II

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The Commuter Lounge in Aquinas Hall is a great place to hang out in between classes.

Hi everyone! My name is Christiana Kerrs. You can view my first blog post on commuting here.

As you all know, this year is coming to a close. Since I am a commuter, making friends hasn’t always been easy. At times, I have even felt lonely. During my first semester, I made a small group of friends from a few of my classes. However, we only started to become close and talk more towards the end of the semester. We didn’t keep in close contact over winter break and two of them transferred. That was very sad, but it was okay because I was determined to make more friends this semester.

I got to my first class of the spring semester, and one of these friends ended up being in two of my classes. This made me very happy to have a friend and helped to not feel so alone. Throughout the spring semester, I also made a bunch of friends in my Education classes. They are a great group of people, and we all bond a lot over our academics. It has also been easier to become friends with people this semester because I have multiple classes with some of the same people. Continue Reading

29 Apr

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My First Year – Handling Stress

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The Mount offers several stress relief activities throughout the year, including the opportunity to spend a few hours with therapy dogs in the library during exams!

Feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of school? Olivia Mulhern, a sophomore Psychology major, talks about some of the ways she’s learned to cope with stress during her time at the Mount.


“Stress is an event that exerts physical or psychological force or pressure. From a scientific standpoint, stressors and the individual’s makeup are what create stress. Major sources of stress (stressors) include daily hassles, life changes, conflict, and even school. As a result, many college students face stress. Depending on the type of stress, not all stress is bad. However, for us college students, most stress is not good for our health. It is important to know how to handle stress and cope with positive activities.

During my freshman year of college, I suffered with a lot of stress. One of the problems that I had was I didn’t know how to properly handle my stress and decrease the amount of stressors in my everyday routine. One might think that they aren’t experiencing stress, but the anxiety feeling that individuals start to feel when they are loaded with work or exams is the beginning of stress. Continue Reading

12 Apr

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My First Year – Appreciate Your Professors

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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