10 Nov

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Going home: Mount students return to NFA for alumni panel

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David Gallagher, associate professor of Education, and three current Mount students recently presented on an alumni panel at Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY. 

Recently, three current Mount students held an alumni panel on the college application process at Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) in Newburgh, NY. Elycia Martinez ’19, Sarah Williams ’20, and Francisco Mojica ’20, along with education professor David Gallagher, talked to the students about their personal journeys to college and encouraged the scholars to make the most of their high school experiences. The three students, who are all alumni of NFA as well as current students at the Mount, were able to relate some of their own high school experiences while applying for college as well as provide tips and tricks on the application process and how their attitude towards their studies impacted their college prospects.

You can check out the whole article here.

Thank you to these students for representing the Mount and inspiring the next generation of college students!

06 Nov

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My First Year: Challenge your mind, not your body

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The Mount’s Health Services Office offers a “Stress-Less” room with a massage chair, relaxing music, and more to help students unwind and destress.

Let’s face it – being a first year college student can be challenging. There are so many new things to learn, from being independent to living with a roommate to scheduling classes. Today, sophomore Biology major Jennefer Ferdous talks about one of the most important things she learned as a college freshman – taking care of yourself physically is just as important as challenging yourself mentally.

What is your advice to first year students?
Jennefer: My advice to first year students is try to make as many friends as you can and learn to manage your time. Finding a home in an unfamiliar environment can be hard. At the Mount, however, you can participate in many clubs and activities that you have interest in and find similar people! Being surrounded by people you have a lot in common with can make any environment feel like home. Continue Reading

01 Nov

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My First Year: Becoming Independent and Social

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My name is Megan Lee, and I am a freshman here at the Mount. Before coming to the Mount, I was just your average high school student. In all honesty, I did not have many friends in high school. I would spend my high school days in constant routine: waking up, going to school, going home, doing homework, then just going to bed. Unfortunately, I did not have that perfect high school experience that most teens go through, but I did that to myself. I was not very open or social with the few friends I had, or even with my family.

When I was applying for and visiting different colleges and universities, I was scared, just as everyone was at the time. I had never been on my own before and I constantly relied on my parents for practically everything. I had never been in an environment that is as social as college. I thought, “No one is going to like me” and “College isn’t for me.” To put it simply, college just seemed too much for me at the time.

Eventually, on my search for my new home for the next four years, I came across Mount Saint Mary College. One of my family members had gone here, and she told me all the great things about the college, so I decided to visit it. Once I stepped onto the campus and talked with a few staff members and current students at the time, I just knew it was right for me. The college had the major that I wanted, and it automatically felt like home to me – and you just cannot beat that view of the mountains and the Hudson River.

The second time I visited the Mount, I finally decided it was time to commit. It was a scary, but exciting moment in my life. I was finally going to go to college, I believed that I made the right decision with my choice…and I was right. In just a few weeks, the Mount became my new home. From the classes I am taking, to my current professors, to the people I have met on campus, I have never felt so accepted for who I am before. The Mount has helped me open a whole new side to myself that not even I knew about. I have seen myself changing and growing in these last few months, which makes me extremely ecstatic for my future. I am learning something new about myself every day, which makes me wonder – what am I going to be like in the next year? The next four years? I think about these questions every day, and I am determined to find out.

Not only has the Mount helped me to grow as a person, but it has also helped me to become much more independent. When I was a senior in high school, I could not wait to move into a dorm room and live in a place where I was completely independent. However, I did not realize how much responsibility comes with independence. There are so many little details when it comes to being independent, especially when it comes to managing your time. You have to learn how to balance school work, grades, staying healthy, exercising enough, making sure your dorm room is clean, being social, and much more. It was overwhelming and hard to adjust to at first, but as the weeks went on, I learned so much about being independent and how to balance it all out.

My biggest piece of advice for all first-year students is that it is easier to adjust to a brand-new environment when it automatically feels like home to you. Being in a place where you feel at home and safe will help you to grow as a person. It gives you the confidence you need to be yourself. Don’t be scared to try new things and open up to others. Everyone at college, no matter where you go, is there to help you. Sometimes the scariest things can end up being the most enjoyable, memorable experiences.

30 Oct

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Creating an app

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Mount senior Mark Maino works on his gaming app, Fish Fights.

Recently, Mount Information Technology senior Mark Maino created his own app, Fish Fights, available in the Apple App Store, after discovering a passion for programming during a Mount course. We asked Mark to tell us a little bit about the experience and what made him want to create an app. Continue Reading