14 Sep

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My First Year: Academic Coaches

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Here at Mount Saint Mary College, each incoming freshman student is assigned an academic coach from the Office of Student Success to guide him or her through the transition from high school to college. The academic coach is meant to be a friendly face that freshmen can rely on for everything from scheduling classes to discussing roommate conflicts and helps to make students more comfortable with the Mount and college life. Sophomore Criminology major Iris Stewart just finished her freshman year last year, and had some advice for incoming students about academic coaching at the Mount: Continue Reading

12 Sep

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“SURE” Thing: The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

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Francisco Mojica, second from right, presenting his research
at the conclusion of SURE this summer.

While his counterparts were catching up on sleep and indulging in the latest Netflix show, junior Francisco Mojica was hard at work on the Mount campus this summer participating in one-on-one research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. We caught up with Francisco to discuss his experience with the program:

“The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an awesome opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in paid, intensive research over the summer. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member to complete a research project that the two collaborate on over the summer. All majors can participate in SURE, and past projects have included science, education, English, business, math, and more. Continue Reading

07 Sep

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Academic highlight – Criminology

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Criminology professor Jenifer Lee-Gonyea

One of the Mount’s newest majors, Criminology, is really taking off at the Mount. Unlike simply criminal justice, the Mount’s Criminology major views crime from a variety of angles, including victimization, society’s perception of criminals and victims, and why people commit crime in the first place, infusing a sense of purpose and heart into the studies. Today, we caught up with senior Criminology major Alex Nova to tell us more about what it’s like to study Criminology at the Mount: Continue Reading

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30 Aug

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My First Year: Academic Coach Introduction

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Hello and welcome to the My First Year blog series! My name is Brianne Thompson, and I am one of the Academic Coaches in the Office of Student Success. Before I explain the purpose of this blog, let me first tell you a little bit about myself and how I wound up at Mount Saint Mary College.

I am a native of the Hudson Valley and grew up in Orange County. Throughout my childhood and teen years, music was my life. I started piano lessons in the second grade and voice lessons shortly after that. I was the stereotypical “music geek” in high school, participating in any musical ensemble that was offered, All-County and All-State choruses, starring in multiple musical productions, and going to hang out in the music room during any free period I had. There was no doubt in my mind at that point that my career in the future would be centered on music. Therefore, I applied and was accepted to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey – a very prestigious, music-only college. Continue Reading

21 Aug

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The Mount Reflects: What Every Freshman Should Know

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Alright Class of 2021, one week left until the start of classes! A week from today, you will be heading off to your first classes and embarking on the journey of a lifetime. We asked some of our current Mount students what they wish they had known when they were freshmen, and here’s what they told us:

Danielle Petricca, Sophomore – “Get to know your professors!! So many of the professors here are willing to do so much for their students, and creating a good relationship with your professors will only help you. I have many good relationships with my professors and it’s made my time here so much better than it would’ve been if I didn’t do so.”

Alex Perlak, Sophomore – “Every Mount freshman should know that there are many components to college life itself. There is the social aspect, academic, and leisure. You should try to balance these to make the best out of your freshman year. But remember, college is about learning, so don’t slack on your academics…every freshman should know that there are many resources you have offered to you. There are academic coaches to help you with anything you need, tutoring, the Writing Center, and so much more. Don’t be afraid to seek help when you start to need it.”

Nicole Laghezza, Junior – “Step out of your comfort zone and try new things, make the most of your college experience, and don’t be afraid (everyone feels the same; you’re not alone!).”

Christina Mistretta, Junior – “Don’t be afraid to get lost; try something new; if there is something you want to do, ask about it – if we don’t have it yet, you can start it.”

Amanda Greenwood, Junior – “Every freshman should come to college, not only with school and dorm supplies, but an open mind. Some of the best friends I’ve made here I would’ve been too nervous to even talk to in high school! Do things you’ve never done before, start conversations, and take electives that strike your interest!”

Ashley Lane, Senior – “Every Mount Freshman needs to know that they should absolutely get involved on campus! Especially in the first few weeks where it takes some adjustment being away from home, getting involved on campus with clubs really helps to build friendships and ease the transition from high school to college.”

Megan Torpey, Senior – “Don’t over pack. I promise you don’t need a whole bin full of snacks! Also, get involved the first week; it will be so much easier to make friends this way.”

Men’s Baseball Team – “Get to know your academic coaches and advisors (they are a TON of help). Use the Writing Center and Career Center, and take advantage of work study opportunities. Find time to study and have fun!”

So, are you ready to make your mark on the Mount campus? You only have to wait one more week, Class of 2021. We’ll see you then.