We make decisions in our life every day. Whether it’s something small like what to eat for breakfast or something on the larger scale like making a difference in people’s lives, we make these decisions to not only benefit ourselves but for everyone we come into contact with. Christina Mistretta, a senior at the Mount, has just made a decision that will change her life (and others’ lives!) for the better. Christina will be traveling across the world to Tanzania, Africa this July. She has accepted a position in the Peace Corps as a secondary education science teacher.
Christina on a service trip in Ecuador
Christina’s life during college has been all about big decisions. Her first was choosing to attend Mount Saint Mary College to study Biology- Adolescent Education. Coming from Brooklyn, NY, Christina was excited for this chapter in her life in an environment she wasn’t used to. She fell in love with the Mount and everything it had to offer her. Once she was here, she wasted no time in getting involved. Christina became an active member in Habitat for Humanity and had a huge role as the president and founder of our Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors program. She is also a chair member on the Student Honors Council.
This wasn’t enough for Christina, though. She wanted to do more all around campus, so she decided to apply to be a resident assistant. After receiving word as a freshman that she had been accepted, Christina couldn’t wait to get started. Becoming an RA was a huge decision she had to make and she took it a step further for her senior year by becoming a senior RA (SRA), which is a step above a regular RA. Three years in Res Life has changed Christina’s life. She explained that she has met people that she can call friends for the rest of her life and she has had experiences she hopes to take with her through life.
Culture, language, and an experience of a lifetime, that is what you get while studying abroad in a different country. Many college students throughout their time at college get to experience what it would be like to study abroad. Whether it’s a month trip over summer or winter break, or even a whole semester length, studying abroad is an experience worth trying. Just ask senior, Maggie Pedersen, who spent her fall 2018 semester studying and traveling abroad in Australia.
Maggie finished up her last 12 credits of college attending James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. While she was there, Maggie experienced a whole new way of learning. With an atmosphere she has never experienced Maggie relied on her resources she has learned at her time at the Mount. She mentioned that not many Mount students have studied abroad for a whole semester before. It was something her and the study abroad office had to work on together to accomplish. They worked together closely to pick a study abroad program that would best benefit her. Maggie chose the ISA which stands for the International Studies Abroad. She credited the Mount with helping her make this crucial decision. Continue Reading
Nursing is one of the Mount’s most popular majors, and for good reason – the preparation that the Mount provides for a career in health care is top notch. While the Nursing program is rigorous, Mount Nursing majors like Margot Cano prove that you can have a rich experience both inside and outside the classroom at the Mount while preparing for your future career.
In addition to being part of the Nursing Student Union, this year is the senior Nursing major’s third year as a resident assistant. She spent the past two years as an RA in Sakac Hall with female freshmen, but is now a senior resident assistant for upperclassmen in the College Courts.
Senior Nursing major Margot Cano
“I choose to get involved on campus because I enjoy meeting new people and putting myself out there to be apart of any opportunity that comes my way,” she said. “I believe being involved on campus has opened so many doors for me, has allowed me to grow and become a more outgoing person, and has given me the gift of lifelong friendships.” 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.
Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Career Center
Title: Director of the Career Center
Years at the Mount: 1991-1992, 2005-present
Department: Career Center
Campus involvement: Advisor for the Student Business Association
Favorite spot on campus: Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary
One word to describe the Mount: Caring
One of the most exciting things to see during Kathleen O’Keefe’s time at the Mount has been the transition her department has undergone over the years.
The Career Center was established in 2009, and she notes that it was exciting to be part of that transformation. While she was originally hired to coordinate internships, her role has changed so much over the years. Now, she oversees career readiness, professional development, and global opportunities in addition to internships. Continue Reading
Traveling the bustling streets of Tokyo, feeding kangaroos by hand in Australia, taking selfies in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa: If anyone asks Mount study abroad students “What did you do during your summer vacation?” they’re in for a great answer.
Dozens of Mount students and professors traveled around the world this summer through the college’s study abroad program. In addition to two programs led by Mount faculty to Australia and Italy, Mount students also studied independently in Morocco, Tokyo, London, and Thailand. All trips were arranged with the help of the Mount’s Career Center.
Leading an enthusiastic group through Australia was Michael Fox, assistant professor of Business Law and the Pre-Law advisor at the Mount, and fellow School of Business teacher Scott Russell, assistant professor of Sports Management. The group began in Sydney and stopped in Canberra (the Australian Capital Territory), Cairns, and Brisbane, enjoying tours of museums and government offices, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visiting Aboriginal tribes, and more along the way.
The group with Hon. Meegan Fitzharris, member of the ACT Assembly and Minister of Health for Australia Capital Territory
“Study abroad is a wonderful experience,” noted Fox. “Living in another country provides one with an appreciation for other cultures, and other ways of life. One comes away with a respect for both the similarities and differences between nations and peoples – something very much needed in our world.” Continue Reading