14 Things All Mount Students Should Know

14 Things All Mount Students Should Know

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1. Bingo is a highly competitive "sport" on campus.

"There was a farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name-o." Bingo isn’t just another activity on campus, it is a sport. Student Activities host a lot of events such as fear factor and a petting zoo, and the Student Senate plans Bonfire and Spring Weekend. But, the best part of each are the bingo sessions, where students get in for free and try to win awesome prizes such as gift cards, Keurigs, and TVs. Bingo at MSMC is highly competitive and at least 200 people show up for the major ones.

2. Joe, the security guard

A retired Marine and one of the best people that help you call MSMC "home". Joe is an amazing person and gets to know you throughout your college career. He cares about you like you care about him. Everyone at some point will go back to Sakac and visit him.

3. Who isn’t from Long Island?

Why bother asking where anyone is from anymore, the most popular answer you’re going to get is Long Island. More than 50 percent of all residents are from Long Island and the others dominate from Connecticut and New Jersey. However, you will spend at least one of your summer weeks on the Island!!

4. Your Instagram is filled with the same picture of the Hudson River

Mount Saint Mary is a beautiful college with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. During the first two weeks of freshman year, my Instagram exploded gaining over 70 likes per photo of the beautiful campus itself. There are many spots to take these pictures from, like either from the top of DC, a window from Sakac, or from the top of the Whittaker stairs. Whichever one you choose, it’s bound to get a lot of likes on your profile.

5. Never take a class with Dr. Cotter unless you have to.

Dr. Cotter is a great professor, no questions needed, and help build the college through the many years he taught here, but if you’re going for a 4.0 GPA and taking one of his classes, you’ll have to settle for a B+ in the class. His courses are a lot of work, but he is a very effective teacher nonetheless.

6. You and cab drivers are on a first name basis.

If you like to go out, you know who to call. You develop a relationship with your cab driver and even become friends. You hope that he or she is your driver to the next party.

7. Never pay three dollars for a cab.

Also, if you like to go out, you know not to pay more than two dollars for a group cab ride to a local destination. When the cab drivers ask for three dollars, you tell them no because ten people in one cab should only be $2 per person.

8. Knightlyfe

If you like to go out, or even if you don’t, you’ve probably been to at least one Knightlyfe gathering. Whether it be the Catalina Paint Party, Fishbowl night, or just a fun night, you have a lot of fun just hanging out with your peers and making [un]forgettable college memories.

9. You will always see someone in scrubs.

Wherever you are on campus, it is hard to miss someone in scrubs. Since nursing is one of the most popular majors, you’ll find scrubs in the view or walking around campus.

10. Gophers!!!!!

There is a lot of nature on campus. There are rabbits, birds, squirrels, and our unofficial mascot, the Gophers! They are very popular and when a Mount student sees one, the automatically smile. The gophers are very chill but don’t like company getting too close to them.

11. Quick Chek or Alexis Diner at 1am is a usual thing.

It isn’t uncommon to see one of your friends purchasing a slushie at Quik Chek, or ordering pancakes at Alexis Diner at two in the morning. This, and many other local spots such as Mary Jane’s and Target, attract a lot of Mount students who want to get off campus for an hour or two.

12. Beacon trips

If you have a car, you've probably made it Beacon by now. Beacon is the town across the river that has a lot of activities, such as hiking Mount Beacon and shopping on Main Street. There are many boutiques as well as food options. Grab a fresh donut in any style you want at Glazed Over, or choose an Ice Pop at Zora Dora’s. Whatever you choose, Beacon is a great way to spend time with your friends.

13. No one goes to open swim.

Although we get countless emails about open swim being closed, no one reads them because no one ever goes anyway. Only the swim team and a handful of other students take advantage of the swim hours while the rest of the campus stays dry in the gym and weight room.

14. You love your school.

The Mount is a beautiful campus that you will call home for your higher education careers. You learn to appreciate it and get the most out of your college career. Each year goes by very fast and soon enough you will not want to leave. Appreciate the campus and all of the opportunities it gives you. Also, Congratulations to the Class of 2017, you did it!
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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