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15 Mar

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Why Getting Involved on Campus Makes or Breaks Your College Career

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My name is Alex Perlak. I am an aspiring Financial Analyst majoring in Mathematics on the Actuarial Science track from West Hempstead, Long Island, New York. In high school, I knew I wanted to get involved the very minute I learned what the Student Council and Key Club did for my community back home. At the end of my four years, I became the president of five clubs and graduated in the top 10% of my class. But enough about high school, as those days are in the past; I am writing to discuss why you should get involved in college.

Since high school, I’ve always had a passion for giving back to the community. I definitely want to join as many clubs and organizations as possible to eventually reach out to the community and greater Newburgh and to give back to the campus that gave me the opportunity to earn a college degree. I joined eight clubs during my freshman year while balancing theatre and my academic studies. I enjoyed every minute of my freshman year. I became involved in the Dominican Scholars of Hope, a community service based organization that serves our community as a whole; became an officer of the Delta Leadership Society, a club whose mission was to give back to the school and area surrounding it; and I also joined the Student Government Association as the freshman class president. With the help of my peers, mentors, and members of the faculty, I learned so much about the opportunities this campus has to offer. I joined clubs, made friends, earned leadership experience, and had the best time one could ask for by getting involved on campus.

I sometimes believe that I can be shy at times, and I almost didn’t join some of these clubs because I was afraid I wasn’t going to fit in. But the chip on my shoulder said to go for it and I did. If you are someone who is worried about joining a club, or running for a position on the executive board of a club, hear my advice: college is what you make of it and getting involved in something, whether it be sports, intramurals, clubs, or organizations, is going to help you grow as a person in your college experience. It is never too late to join or even start a club at the Mount. I currently serve as the club assembly senator of the Student Government Association. It is my mission to create a welcoming environment for current and prospective students to have fun and enjoy activities that pertain to them. I oversee the management of over 30 clubs at the Mount, and it is very rewarding to me to see people have fun based on the different interests they possess.

Again, it is never too late to get involved. Especially at the Mount, we value each student as a member of our family, and we would love to see you at a future club, organization, or intramural meeting soon.


If you have any questions about the Club Assembly or need more information about getting involved on campus, don’t hesitate to contact me at aper6101@my.msmc.edu

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19 Nov

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Meet the Mount: Mikayla Zaccaria ’19

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In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.

Mikayla Zaccaria ’19


Class Year: Senior

Major: History

Certifications: Childhood and Special Education

Minor: Psychology

Campus activities/jobs: Student Government Association, Class President, Resident Assistant, Women’s Tennis Team, Orientation Leader, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Chi

Favorite spot on campus: Picnic tables on the Dominican Center hill

One word to describe the Mount: Family

Mikayla Zaccaria has been enthusiastic about her Mount experience since before she was even a student.

After having an awesome experience at Accepted Student Day (including winning the trivia game), she quickly paid her deposit to the Mount and joined the Class of 2019.

She’s been class president ever since. Continue Reading

24 Oct

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A “Mountastic” experience

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When Alexander Perlak ’20 first arrived at the Mount, he thought he would be pursuing a certification in Education.

After his first semester, however, he realized that being a teacher just wasn’t for him. “The Mount puts their students in the ‘real world’ during their first year to gain experience to make sure this is the right program for them,” he explains, an opportunity he is so grateful for.

He was already a Mathematics major, but after dropping the Education certification, he wasn’t sure how to proceed.

Thankfully, the faculty in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology knew just how to guide him. Continue Reading

06 Oct

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Celebrating Mass with Pope Francis

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On Friday, September 25, 2015, nearly 40 Mount Saint Mary College students joined 20,000 faithful at Pope Francis’s Madison Square Garden Mass in New York City. Pope Francis discussed the challenges of life in a large city and expressed concern for the Big Apple’s underprivileged citizens. For Clare O’Keefe, a public relations and journalism major, the Mass was a life-changing experience. “It was unbelievable,” said Clare. “As soon as the Pope came into Madison Square Garden, I immediately felt a very spiritual presence. I’ve never felt like that before.” Watch the video above to hear more from Clare and Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, the College’s chaplain and director of Campus Ministry.

Video produced by Danangelowe Spencer ’17

22 Sep

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Club Profile – Academic Council

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Elizabeth Duong (third from right) and the rest of the Academic Council at the MSMC Tunnel of Oppression 2013.

Elizabeth Duong, president of Academic Council, recently talked to Knight Life about her involvement in this organization.

What is Academic Council?

The Academic Council represents the academic side of student life. Academic Council works to create a balance between working hard and having fun, and always welcomes new members and ideas! Academic Council bridges the gap between education and fun by holding events on campus to help students realize that both are possible.

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