For the Office of Student Success, freshman student Erin Gokey shares her experiences changing her major and commuting on the blog today!
While applying to colleges, I knew I did not want to go away to school. I chose to commute, so I applied only to schools within a 45 minute radius from my house. Needless to say, the first and only college I visited was Mount Saint Mary College. From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that this was the place that I wanted to be. Everyone was so nice and accepting, and there was so much for students to do, even as a commuter.
Choosing a major was not hard for me at all. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, and being in the education program means to focus in on a subject area for your major. I decided to major in General Science. That was not for me, however. For the first semester, I was working two jobs and enrolled in 17 credits for the semester. It was a lot: I got pre-occupied really quickly and did not manage my time at all. Because of this, I did not do great at all in my classes, and that was such a letdown.
Finally, I decided to talk to my academic coach about what I could do differently. I decided to change my major from General Science to English, and then get tutoring for the rest of the semester. It was pretty late in the semester when I decided to go and get help though, so unfortunately I was placed on Academic Probation for the second semester. With this, you are limited to the amount of credits you can take during the semester. This was terrible news for me; I was extremely upset. I did know that it was probably the best option for me, but it still is not the best thing to hear. While having to limit myself with the amount of classes to take for the semester did help me get back on track, I wish I had asked for help sooner in the semester, instead of being stubborn and thinking I didn’t need the help. My advice to you: Do not be afraid to ask for help, especially when it comes to your grades. Communicating with your academic coach or your advisor is the most beneficial thing you can do: they know all of the answers and will help you figure out what you can do, regardless of the situation.
Deciding to attend the Mount was by far the best decision I think I have ever made. Yeah, commuting is hard. Especially when you wake up late and the mountain is closed… but to come here, it’s totally worth it. Challenge yourself and manage your time properly. Time management is the key to success.
The Mount is very supportive when it comes to academic success – One Mount freshman shares her first-year experience with gaining academic skills!
“One of the first things I learned about the Mount was that they had a tutoring program that was free and open all semester round. Personally, I’ve never used this tutoring program. However, I’ve had multiple friends who reported using it and said that it helped them greatly. This is just one way Mount Saint Mary College can help you improve academically.
One piece of advice I would give would be to read and reread the textbook. This can give you a deeper understanding of what’s happening in class, as well as getting you ahead for the next class meeting. In addition to reading the textbook, ask your teachers if you have any questions. The teachers are there to help you and even push you a little sometimes. They genuinely care about your academic life and will help in any way that they can to make it successful. If you don’t ask the question that you have in your head, you might not understand the lesson and fall behind, so definitely ask! Continue Reading
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
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
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