18 Feb

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From Classes to Careers

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By Dan Fenyo

Why do families send their young ones to college? For a few years of peace and quiet? Maybe to catch up on some reading at the cost of a few thousand dollars? While there are undoubtedly a few individuals who might have these factors in mind, it’s much more likely that you’re working alongside your child to ensure a successful future for them. Sure, you could liquidate their college fund, spend it on lottery tickets, and hope for the best, but if you happen to be a reasonable person, investing in college is probably a safer bet.

One of the key metrics to help measure the potential return on investment of your child’s college education is the school’s Job Placement Rate. A college’s Job Placement Rate is a particularly interesting statistic because, outside of the obvious data it represents, there are a number of implicit suggestions associated with it. Let’s take a look at the Mount’s rate: based on NACES standards of evaluation*, graduates from Mount Saint Mary College who don’t plan to pursue their master’s degree can expect to be placed in a position of degree-relevant, full-time employment at a rate of about 73% within 6 months of graduation. Nationally, that same statistic sits around 53%.

So what does it mean that the Mount’s Job Placement Rate is 20 points above the national average? Well, a few things! First off, we know that Mount grads get jobs. If you factor in part-time employment, that 73% gets turns into 95% of employed graduates. While the US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not officially track the number of times the average person will change jobs in their lifetime, LinkedIn has estimated that a contemporary college grad can expect to change their occupation at least 4 times in the first ten years after graduation. Getting into the job market as soon as possible after college can be essential to building invaluable vocational experience and stopping the job hop.

The Mount’s Job Placement Rate can also tell us a little something about the support network available to students during and long after their time at school. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the MSMC Alumni population and their role in the school’s success. Jeremy Smith, the subject of that post, has represented the Mount in the professional world since graduating in 2006 through his exemplary employment history as well as his own entrepreneurial endeavors. In fact, Smith announced during his address at last month’s Open House that his company, SKYWIREme, has recently hired a current Mount student. Smith is just one example of the many Mount alums who continue to pave the way for current and future students.

One of the most important sources of support available to Mount students, however, is the bounty of resources offered by the Career Center on campus. While our incredible faculty equips our students with the tools to succeed, the Career Center is responsible for honing and utilizing those skills to ultimately parlay into lifetime career achievement.

What makes the MSMC Career Center so successful? Check back later this week when I’ll be talking about the specific resources available to Mount students from the first day of freshman year until retirement and beyond!


Daniel Fenyo has been an admissions counselor at the Mount since September 2018. A lifelong Hudson Valley resident, he enjoys reading, writing, and all things nerdy in his free time.

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14 Feb

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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

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14 Feb

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Just One More Thing!

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By Dan Fenyo

I’ll admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve lived in a dorm. My expertise on the matter may be somewhat dated. While I stand by my advice from Monday’s article, I thought it might be a good idea to consult the real experts: current MSMC resident students!

Some of our wonderful Student Ambassadors sat down and gave me a list of items they wish they had thought to bring on move-in day as freshmen. Let’s take a look at some of their suggestions:

Extra Sheets and Towels

The experts’ advice? However many towels you think you need, bring more. The same goes for bed linens, of course. As a fan of Douglas Adams’ the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I can attest to the importance of having a towel on-hand at all times. In a similar vein, the Ambassadors also recommend that your student packs a folding drying rack to cut down on how many dryer loads when laundering their bounty of towels. In the case of extra towels and sheets, it’s a classic example of having them and not needing them instead of needing them and not having them. What’s worse than drying off with a smelly towel anyway? Yuck! Continue Reading

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11 Feb

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There’s No Place Like Home

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By Dan Fenyo

Ah college dorm residency! For some, an exhilarating first foray into independent living. For others, an unbridled plunge into unsupervised bedlam. Still others will reckon with the experience in totally unpredictable ways! Any idea which one your child will be?

For resident students, transitioning into life in a dorm may be the single most jarring change in their college journey. With high school students enrolling in an increasing number of AP and college-level classes, the academic course-load they encounter by the time they actually reach college might seem completely manageable (or even laughable). Although calculus might be old hat to them, living on their own could be uncertain territory, so before you unpack the minivan and say goodbye to them until Columbus Day, here are a few tips to help ease their move-in and your headache. Continue Reading

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08 Feb

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Meet the Mount: Victoria Guglielmo ’20

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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.

Victoria Guglielmo ’20


Class Year: Junior

Major: Double major in Criminology and Hispanic Studies

Campus Activities/Jobs: MEDLIFE, Big Brothers Big Sisters, work study for the Division of Education, Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Phonathon

Favorite spot on campus: Education office in Hudson, Aquinas 100 study room, Picnic tables next to the Dominican Center overlooking the Baseball/Softball field

One word to describe the Mount: Home

Victoria Guglielmo ’20 has been enthusiastic about her Mount experience since Day 1. Continue Reading