By Daley O’Keefe
Being a student athlete seems like such a big commitment, and everyone always hears the athletes complaining about their tough practices. So why do people end up staying on the team all four years? Well, coming from someone who’s been a student athlete her whole life, there are actually a lot of great reasons to be a part of a team in college.
The most stressful thing about college is probably the fear of not being able to find any friends, and not knowing the social norms or what you should be doing. Being part of a team right when you come onto campus takes away this fear almost immediately. When you’re on a team in college it gives you a group of people right away that you can bond with. They can introduce you to new people and help you start to build your new college friend group. I came for an overnight recruiting trip, which means I got to meet the whole team before I even got to campus, and it felt like I already had a family at the Mount. They made me feel at home when I needed it most.
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
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
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.
Megan Morrissey ’10, assistant director of Student Success
Title: Assistant Director of Student Success
Graduation Year: 2010
Department: Office of Student Success
Campus involvement: Advisor for the MSMC Dance Team, First Year Experience Task Force, Coordinated Community Response Team
Favorite spot on campus: Picnic tables on the Dominican Center patio on a warm day, first floor of Whittaker Hall on a cold day
One word to describe the Mount: Home
Megan Morrissey ’10 arrived at the Mount six years ago as an academic coach, but she was no stranger to the community – she graduated from the college in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
As a first-generation college student herself, Megan found that transitioning from high school to college was tough and oftentimes lonely as she tried to figure things out on her own. Now as the assistant director of Student Success in the Mount’s Office of Student Success, she is passionate about helping other students not have to go through those same challenges. “I’m passionate about the work I do in helping students transition from high school to college because this is something I really could have benefited from as a college freshman. I love that I can help my students learn from some of the tougher things I had to go through to make their lives a bit easier.” Continue Reading
My name is Olivia Mulhern, and I am a sophomore here at the Mount. When I started at the Mount, I applied and was accepted into the Nursing program. Throughout high school, I felt like I was forced to have a career choice before the process of applying to college, which was stressful for me. However, I thought Nursing was my perfect career choice. I had the inspirations and grades for the program and career. Most importantly, I had the passion for it. Continue Reading