Every other week, the My First Year blog will be sharing stories of faculty so that our freshman students can get to know their professors a bit better and hear some of their advice for new students.
Samantha Stobert, Director of First Year Experience
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was thirty years ago that I shouldered my backpack and headed out for my very first day at the University of Vermont. When I look back on that overwhelming day, I smile to think that I am now the director of First Year Experience, helping freshmen successfully transition into their own first year of college! On the first day of each new year here at the Mount, I relive how nervous – even terrified! – I felt heading through the throng of other students to my first college class ever. Don’t get me wrong – it was fun, too. Starting college was cause for celebration, just like it is here at the Mount, and all kinds of people were rallying to make me feel comfortable and happy about being there. But in a way, this made me feel guilty for not being as happy as it seemed I should be. In my case, coming from a small, rural town with a tiny high school to a large university made me feel like I was disappearing into a crowd. Everyone seemed so much more sophisticated and sure of themselves than me. To add to my anxiety, I was a nerd who put a lot of pressure on myself to do well in school, and when I got a look at my first syllabus, I could just tell that the game was going to be different at college. Continue Reading
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