As I sit here overlooking the Hudson on a warm winter day, I can’t help but think about the first time I walked onto this campus at Mount Saint Mary College. The sun isshining, I have a clear view of the Hudson to the north and south and I know I could be in the capital district or the Big Apple in 90 minutes. I am 21 years old and the world isbefore me. What could I be unhappy about?
My experience at the Mount has been nothing but extraordinary. I can confidently say that I have exceeded all expectations and I give the credit to this institution. Serving as President of the Student Government Association (SGA) this year, I work with our 35 SGA clubs and their most creative and hardworking executive boards. In addition, I work very closely with the 17 student Senate members who are awe-inspiring representatives of this student body and the Mount community. I have had numerous opportunities which have helped me grow professionally, socially and developmentally. As a result, I also have a deep understanding to daily life here for the student body.
There are many students who can provide a variety of testimonials that are all of personal development, growth, and success. Here are the highlights:
- Students have taken a certification test and are volunteering their accounting skills in the Newburgh Tax Aide program to help low to moderate income level individuals, families and seniors.
- The Athletics department runs a Knights in the Community program, participated in by a full 100% of our teams, and they most recently volunteered at the Special OlympicsWinter Games at Holiday Mountain in Monticello, N.Y.
- Campus Ministry sponsors student travel and participation in the Dominican Colloquium, taking place this year in Adrian, Michigan, and will be hosting the first ever Awakening spiritual retreat, for people of all beliefs, in April.
- Our SGA Habitat for Humanity chapter will be traveling to Laredo, Texas and donating their spring break to build houses in an impoverished area.
- The SGA Colleges Against Cancer club will be holding our annual Relay for Life walk on April 8th and working toward raising $40,000 in resources for national cancer treatmentand research. Since 2010, we have already raised over $150,000.
As President and a representative of the student body, I can attest to the fact that a large number of students would agree that this campus is very much alive and dynamic. Our culture is unique and organic. We are an inclusive and diverse community that promotes positive student empowerment. Students are engaged, respected and valued. We strive to learn about truth, moral integrity, and dedicate ourselves to life-long learning inside and outside the classroom. Students, faculty, administration and staff serve and support one another. Leaders are developed and thus the character of the student body is broadened. We cultivate self-discovery and school pride. These things make up the heart and foundation of Mount Saint Mary College.
Despite the current difficulties and challenges, I, like many of my fellow students, am proud to be a Knight. I am enjoying every minute I have left as a student, but I am eager to begin my career when it is time because of the preparation and education I have received from Mount Saint Mary College.
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