College students keeping their eyes on the prize

September 20, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

“Mount Saint Mary College gave me everything I needed in an undergraduate program,” says Joseph Henain of Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County, a biology major in his senior year on the pre-med track. “They’ve given me every opportunity that a big university could, and some more.”

Viewers can see the Mount through the eyes of Henain and his classmates in “The Mount Experience,” a short video showcased at

Follow the trio as they describe what drew them to the Mount, and learn more about the many advantages that comprise their robust Mount Saint Mary College experience.

Whether he’s in state-of-the-art science labs or on the basketball court, Henain says the Mount offers friendly personal attention from faculty. The commuter is a member of the rigorous honors program, and through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program, he works closely with professors for enriching study.

In sports, Henain says he’s a “part of something bigger” than himself, especially with the Mount athletic teams’ service club, Knights in the Community.

Asma Neblett from Port Jefferson Station on Long Island, a communications/journalism major, says on-campus clubs are academic, challenging, and compliment classroom learning. Student organizations can also provide new experiences and encourage critical thinking: for example, the Knight Radio club gave her insight into a new medium, and upped her communication skills.

Rachel McGinty from Florida in Orange County, a mathematics major on the education track, says that Mount residence halls “feel like home.” Plenty of food options and on-campus activities keep students healthy and happy.

She adds that the Mount has an “excellent education program,” with the nearby Bishop Dunn Memorial School providing great opportunities for a teacher candidate’s fieldwork.