Megan Morrisey (left) and Racheal Shertzer (right), academic coaches at the Center For Student Success. (Photo by Margaret Okakpu)

by Nicolette Rolland

The Center for Student Success on the Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) campus is the place to go for students that need support, peer tutoring, or guidance during their time as an undergraduate.

The mission of the Center for Student Success (CSS) is to “promote the academic achievement and retention of all undergraduate students through the coordination of academic advisement, coaching, and mentoring.”

The CSS office has been helping undergraduates for years and with new additions and changes, it is now better able to help students.

The academic coaches have relocated to Aquinas 100 and have created a tutoring space in the old library.

The CSS has also added a new member to their team of coaches, Patrick Duffy. As an academic coach, Duffy believes in planning, preparing, and taking real-world approaches to any situations that a student may face.

“For first year students, I would say plan, plan, plan,” said Duffy. “For the seniors, remember that grades are still important, especially if you are applying to graduate school. Grades still have an impact on your future.”

Racheal Shertzer, another CSS coach, offered some helpful information for the current freshmen:

“Don’t wait for a big problem to arise. Come to the office as soon as you can,” she advised.

The office will be continuing their partnership with Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders.

The CSS will also be available at additional hours, which will be located in Kaplan and the Dominican Center.  These new hours will include workshops for students to improve their skills, as well as partnerships with faculty and divisions so that the coaches can holistically support the students.

The CSS office is on the campus to help students achieve and accomplish what may seem to be the impossible. Coaches and peer tutors are available for any extra help that is needed. Even if a student is having a rough time, he or she can go to the office and get helpful advice.

Remember students, you are not alone when tough times hit. The CSS office is on campus to support you.

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