Students move into MSMC to start new academic year

Sr. Margaret “Peggy” Murphy, OP, former professor of Religious Studies, gets the 15 scholars of the Science Bridge Program acquainted with the history of Mount Saint Mary College through the Heritage Tour.

NEWBURGH – Some 400 first-year students and more than 100 transfers moved into Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh in Sunday in preparation for the fall semester.

College President Dr. Jason Adsit spent part of the day helping the students move into their residence halls.

“This is always a day of possibility,” he said. “These families are happy, they’re excited, and we have beautiful weather. Our students can’t wait to get started on their college journey.”

First-year student Bryanna Blanks of Yonkers, a criminology major, said the choice to come to the Mount was easy. “I felt at home here the minute I came,” she said, adding the Mount’s culture of service goes hand in hand with her career goals. “I love working with children and I love helping people.”

Blanks’ roommate, nursing major Dainell Palmer of Bristol, Connecticut, chose the college for its small class sizes and tight-knit, family atmosphere. “I love the whole community – everyone’s focused on the success of the students,” she said. “It’s beautiful here and the nursing program is really good.”

Also beginning their college careers together on Sunday were roommates Emily Moore of Montgomery and Lauren Kennedy of Bethpage. Both selected the Mount for its education program, with Kennedy opting into the college’s five-year bachelor’s to master’s program.

“I’m really excited,” said Moore. “The Mount’s got a great education program.”

Jocelyn Childs of Kingston, business administration major, is ready to get the most out of her Mount education. Even while moving into Sakac Hall, her mind was on academic excellence.

“I want to really grow academically and as a person,” she said. “I want to get as much out of this experience as I possibly can.”

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