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24 Feb

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Why I loved (and still love!) Accepted Student Day

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Hi, I’m Mikayla Zaccaria! I’m an Admissions Ambassador at the Mount, and I’m hoping that I’ll get to meet you on March 18th for Accepted Student Day!

Let me tell you a little bit about myself first. I’m a junior here at the Mount and a History major pursuing certification in Elementary and Special Education. I am the Junior Class President, an Orientation Leader, part of Student Senate, and a member the Women’s Tennis team.

I attended Accepted Student Day when I was a high school senior in 2015. My experience at Accepted Student Day was awesome. At first, I felt awkward because I didn’t know anyone, but once I just started introducing myself “Hi my name is Mikayla and I am from Long Island,” that opened a lot of conversation starters.

The picture on the left is of me at my Accepted Student Day in 2015 (I’m all the way to the right!) and the picture on the right is of me working Accepted Student Day as an Admissions Ambassador!

During Accepted Student Day there is an event called the College Bowl. At the College Bowl, many games are played such as basketball, trivia, and even digging through a pie to find a piece of gum! You are all probably thinking “Why would I want to play these games especially with people I don’t know?” Well for one, you can win awesome prizes from the bookstore, but funny story, I was picked to participate in a trivia event, and I ended up competing against one of my best friends today. Here she and I are battling it out, not knowing we’d one day be best friends (I’m the one on the right).

And here I am winning the trivia contest at the College Bowl!

Before attending Accepted Student Day, I hadn’t decided whether or not I was coming to the Mount, but I committed to the Mount after attending Accepted Student Day. I felt that Mount Saint Mary College was the place I belonged because the welcoming and friendly staff really made my New Student Day experience.

I can’t wait to meet you! See you at Accepted Student Day!


Mikalya Zaccaria, Class of 2019, is a History major with a certification in Childhood Education and Special Education from Long Island, NY.

Ready to sign up for Accepted Student Day? Remember, you don’t have to be committed to the Mount to come; all accepted students are invited! For many of our students, Accepted Student Day was what helped them to decide that the Mount was right for them, and we hope that your Accepted Student Day will do the same for you! To register, visit www.msmc.edu/asd

20 Mar

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Why I Said “Yes” to the Mount Twice

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Theatre at the Mount
Photo Credit: Kimberly Sheamon

A friend once told me that I would know what college I should go to the second I stepped on the campus. She was right. The first time I visited the Mount, I felt at home. I remember thinking on the tour, “I could live in Sakac,” “I’ll get Jazzman’s before every morning class,” and “I love small class sizes!”

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28 Nov

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One Knight’s Voting Experience

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Asma VotingFour years ago, one of the most publicized and covered elections took place in America. I was entering into high school, and according to my teachers and family, they had never seen such a high interest in politics by high school students and young adults. My mother was among those excited to see young people getting involved.

When my mother came to America from Guyana, just a few years shy of adulthood, she had invested a lot in the voyage and had a lot of aspirations. Being a part of this nation was one of them. Upon arrival, she quickly realized how important the topics of our nation were, and still are, in terms of voting. Guyana, a land of many beautiful features, has a past of imperialism and has struggled to find stability in government. The opportunity to vote in America, among many of our country’s merits, was a unique feature compared to her homeland. Growing up, many lessons and scruples were instilled in my siblings and I amidst the laughter and joy of our home. Knowledge of culture and politics, both domestic and worldwide, were important. So you can only imagine how exciting it was for me, the last of my family, to cast my first vote on November 6, 2012.

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26 Sep

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Coming Home Again

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Megan MorrisseyIt was August of 2006 and I had just moved the rest of my stuff into my new room in Sakac Hall. I was excited for this new journey I was about to embark on, but I was also scared to death. What if my roommate and I didn’t get along? What if I failed all of my classes? What if I didn’t make a single friend on campus and I was doomed to walk into the dining hall and eat all alone? These thoughts circle throughout every freshman’s mind at least once before arriving at college. For most of us, it’s our first time away from home and the thought of not having our parents, family, or friends nearby to turn to when we may need them can be terrifying. I always wished there was an office on campus that was designed to help first year students with their adjustment to college life, because when I was a freshman, we had to figure it out mostly on our own.

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