By Dan Fenyo
Bill Evans, famed jazz pianist of the Miles Davis sextet, wrote an outstanding article that was featured within the liner notes of Davis’ iconic album Kind of Blue entitled “Improvisation in Jazz.” The article itself is a terribly insightful read, but you’re currently busy reading MY article, so I don’t want to let Evans steal all my spotlight for now. For now, I want to draw your attention to the opening of Evans’ commentary:
“There is a Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke with destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible. These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way the deliberation cannot interfere.”
You may be asking yourself how jazz improvisation, Japanese art, and college admissions are related about now. Well, today I want to talk about planning for college and, more specifically, what to do when those plans go wrong. Navigating the choppy waters of college admission isn’t easy and frankly, if everybody could do it as well as Bill Evans and Miles Davis could improvise jazz music, I might be out of a job! It’s natural for you and your child’s plans to go awry. Sour notes and torn parchment are all a part of the process but, as we approach nearer and nearer to the enrollment deadlines of many colleges, it’s time to start thinking about what to do when things aren’t going according to plan.
What sort of things can go wrong in college admissions, you might ask. Well, there are a few common ones: Continue Reading
19. Meet new people
It is never too late to meet someone new. Before graduating, try talking to someone you have never met before. Who knows, maybe that one person will become a friend you will have forever.
18. Attend an event on campus you have never been to
Throughout your four years at the Mount, there have been many events hosted. You have probably been to a lot of them but try to go to one you’ve never been before. This is just a good way to try something new.
17. Use all of your resources
After graduation, we’re probably never going to have all of the resources we have here available to us all the time such as the library, writing center, and athletic trainers.
16. Explore the area around campus
We live in a beautiful area of the Hudson Valley. Go explore what it has to offer.
15. Hike Mount Beacon
A popular activity to do for Mount students is going down to Beacon and hiking. If you haven’t done this yet, you have to do it at least once. Who knows if you’ll ever be this close to a beautiful hiking trail again?
14. Go on a late night Alexis Diner run with your friends
There is nothing better than pancakes at 2 am with some of your closest friends. Cherish every moment you have. Continue Reading
By Dan Fenyo
We’ve all heard that classic maxim of reliance on others: “No Man is an Island.” For college students, John Donne’s immortal wisdom rings all the more true. While there may be a certain population of students who, without any exceptional support or guidance, find academic success, and graduate in four years, they are undoubtedly a minority.
Today, I want to talk about support for students on campus and the Student Support Center at the Mount. In many ways, higher education represents a new foray into independence. For some students, the sudden onset of autonomy can be empowering and awakening; for others, it can feel a big like being stranded on an island. Before you unload the minivan and leave your freshman at his or her dorm, rest assured that the Mount offers a number of resources to students to assist in their transition to college through the SSC. As usual, I’ll be talking primarily about the services offered through MSMC, but it’s always important to check to see what resources are offered by all the schools your student is considering attending.
The Student Support Center at the Mount is a broad umbrella that actually encompasses three separate departments: the Office for Student Success, Counseling Services, and Disability Services. For today, I’m going to focus on the OSS, but if you can’t possibly wait until later this week to learn about Counseling and Disability Services, you’re always welcome to contact those departments directly! 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.
Angelica Rolka ’20
Class Year: Junior
Campus Activities/Jobs: Get Creative Club, Library Worker
Favorite spot on campus: The Forgotten Stairwell Loop in the Dominican Center
Career aspirations: To become a midwife, then Nursing professor
One word to describe the Mount: Close-knit
“The Mount was my #1 college choice after visiting it just once,” says Angelica Rolka ’20.
“I was very shy when I first started out, avoiding all the freshman activities and keeping to myself in the dorm room,” she reminisces. “My freshman roommate, now best friend, Emily Fricano, was the first Mount person I talked to and connected with. Now you can see me sitting in the View chatting away with Father Greg and many other Mount students.”
By Dan Fenyo
Step 1: Go to college
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Land your dream job and live a successful life
That’s the plan for most college prospects, right? There’s a pervasive myth that seems to imply that recent college graduates can flash their degree at the front door of any business and expect to be hired on the spot. While that would be nice, we know how absurd it seems. The job market certainly isn’t getting any easier to navigate; the population of degree-holding graduates is constantly increasing, causing competition for sought-after positions to intensify dramatically. A diploma alone isn’t enough to compete for employment. When 50 applicants all hold the same degree from equally respectable institutions, your child will need a competitive edge to stand out in the crowd. That’s where the MSMC Career Center comes in.
When your child wanders into Aquinas 151, what can they expect to find? Well, first off, flexibility! Students are welcome to make an appointment Monday through Friday as early at 8:30AM or, if they’re strapped for time, just drop in! Once they’re in the door though, they can check out any of these amazing resources offered free to students:
“What can I do with my degree?” is a common question from college students. For some majors like Nursing or Education, the employment prospects might seem fairly obvious whereas some majors like Public Relations, Criminology, Human Services, or Psychology might not seem to translate into eponymous professions in quite the same way. When a student sits down with one of our career counselors, they’ll have the opportunity to take a personality evaluation test like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which can help suggest potential job prospects to which they’re well-suited. Is your child an ENFP? Maybe they’d make a great landscape architect! More of an INTJ? Perhaps working in a microbiology lab could suit them! Once a counselor identifies a student’s vocational strengths and aptitude, they’ll work one-on-one to find relevant internship opportunities in the local area. Continue Reading