As a senior mathematics major getting certified in adolescence education with a middle school extension, I’ve had the chance to get to know professors in both the education and math divisions, and I’ve thrived here at college thanks to everything I’ve experienced within the past four years. I am currently student teaching and have had an adequate amount of experience in the education field. During my first student teaching placement, I was at Bishop Dunn Memorial School teaching math in grades 6-8. My second placement was at NFA North, where I worked with many different classes and played different roles inside of the classroom. Getting to experience teaching in middle school and in high school has helped me decide that I want to be a middle school math teacher.
As a junior nursing major, I am currently taking Adult Health Nursing and I go to clinical weekly at the Orange Regional Medical Center. I truly enjoy my time there and feel I am able to apply my classroom knowledge in the hospital setting, like when I administer medications to patients.
Doing something new at clinical always excites me, and recently I had the chance to administer the pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax for the first time. Vaccines require important paperwork and the registered nurse’s signature. Initially, the patient was not too thrilled about having a student administer the intramuscular injection, but he still allowed me to. I felt confident when I gave the injection, and afterwards, I asked the patient, “Are you alright?” He said, “Excellent job! I hardly even felt that!”
This summer, I took part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program at the Mount. I spent ten weeks researching the effects of a blood substitute called OxyVita. The program gave me an amazing opportunity to spend time at the school and in the lab just focusing on research without worrying about anything else.
It’s mid-October. Midterms are underway, leaves are falling, grass is changing, and students are… fighting? Not entirely.
Last week was Spirit Week, one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. During Spirit Week, the usually family-like campus community competes against each other in different teams, divided by their classes.
As part of Mount student Molly McKee’s internship at the Poughkeepsie Journal, she shot and edited the above video about the Historic Kimlin Cider Mill. Molly had this to say about her internship:
The Poughkeepsie Journal is a wonderful place to intern. I work for the multimedia part of the Journal, meaning I shoot footage either in the studio or on location. I then edit it and upload it to the website. Since working at the Journal, I have learned so much, including how to conduct a great interview, how to edit footage on new software, and how to use different camera equipment. The on-site experiences I’ve gained within the last month have been great! They have taught me so much about working in the “real world.” My favorite parts about working for the Journal are shooting and then editing footage. I enjoy doing this because I can really take the story that I am shooting and make it my own meaningful story.