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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

15 Mar

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My First Year – Avoiding Procrastination

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This week, sophomore Psychology major Jennefer Ferdous continues her advice for freshmen with tips on avoiding procrastination.


As your classes in college get harder and more advanced, getting an A in every subject also gets harder, and procrastinating certainly doesn’t help.

Procrastination was a bad habit of mine that messed with my academic performance ever since high school. When I had a lot of homework, I always waited until the last minute to do it. Waiting until the last minute, however, did not give me enough time to edit and show my best performance, making some of my assignments look sloppy. Continue Reading

03 Mar

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My First Year: Commuting at the Mount

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Hello! My name is Christiana Kerrs, and I am a first-year student here at Mount Saint Mary College. Since it is my first year at the Mount, I am technically a freshman, but academically I am a sophomore because college credits I received from my high school through Dutchess Community College.

My major of History and pursuit of Education and Special Education certification comes from my family’s legacy. Thirty years ago, my grandma opened up a nursery school in Hyde Park, NY. My mom and two aunts began to work at the nursery school as well, and soon enough it became a family business. Growing up, I was constantly at the nursery school, and as soon as I turned 14, I began working during the summer and eventually every day after school. Fast forward a few years, and I’m still working there during college after my classes each day. This experience is where I began to have a love for kids and the desire to become a teacher. Continue Reading

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19 Feb

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My First Year – Building Your Support System

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This week, sophomore Psychology major Jennefer Ferdous continues her advice for freshmen with how to find and create your own support system at college.


Without a support system, pursuing your dreams can be hard. For example, sometimes college students have career goals that aren’t supported by their family or friends, due to the uncertainty of success in their chosen career path. While that is a valid reason for concern, many people choose their career path for the satisfaction they receive from it rather than the financial benefits. Even if your chosen career doesn’t guarantee millions of dollars, it’s still worth chasing after if it makes you happy! Continue Reading