Here at Mount Saint Mary College, each incoming freshman student is assigned an academic coach from the Office of Student Success to guide him or her through the transition from high school to college. The academic coach is meant to be a friendly face that freshmen can rely on for everything from scheduling classes to discussing roommate conflicts and helps to make students more comfortable with the Mount and college life. Sophomore Criminology major Iris Stewart just finished her freshman year last year, and had some advice for incoming students about academic coaching at the Mount: Continue Reading
Hello and welcome to the My First Year blog series! My name is Brianne Thompson, and I am one of the Academic Coaches in the Office of Student Success. Before I explain the purpose of this blog, let me first tell you a little bit about myself and how I wound up at Mount Saint Mary College.
I am a native of the Hudson Valley and grew up in Orange County. Throughout my childhood and teen years, music was my life. I started piano lessons in the second grade and voice lessons shortly after that. I was the stereotypical “music geek” in high school, participating in any musical ensemble that was offered, All-County and All-State choruses, starring in multiple musical productions, and going to hang out in the music room during any free period I had. There was no doubt in my mind at that point that my career in the future would be centered on music. Therefore, I applied and was accepted to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey – a very prestigious, music-only college. Continue Reading