- by Mack the Knight
Mac the Knight standing with cheerleaders with a bonfire in the background.

At the Mount, we're a community. To be a more connected part of that community, you have to get out and join in! Whether you're a current student, or interested in attending the Mount, here are a few ways you can get more involved on campus:

Clubs & activities

Students outside at tables during the Club Fair.Have you ever been to the annual Club Fair? At the beginning of the semester, representatives from each club set up a table at the Club Fair and give students more information on what their club is all about.

You can also join a club any time during the semester by visiting the Student Activities Office in Hudson Hall. We have an ever-evolving list of clubs that are always open to more members. Don't see one you're interested in? All you need are two other students, and you can start your own!

Two students kayaking on the Hudson River.As for activities, look out for flyers tacked up on hallway bulletin boards or digital posters coming through your inbox. Whether it's a MAP (Mount Activities Programming Board) event offering a sunset tour on the Hudson river, or a guest speaker coming to a classroom near you -- there are always events happening at the Mount.

Sports & intramurals

Students playing basketball.Regardless of whether or not you play for one of the Mount's DIII athletic teams, we're all Knights! If you're not on a team, you can still be a part of the sports community on campus by supporting your fellow Knights at a game. Check out the athletics schedule and show your school spirit in the stands! 

Looking to play on a team just for fun? Intramurals are also a great way to get involved and stay active. From flag football to ping pong, there are quite a few teams to choose from. Reach out to the Student Activities office for more information.

Students standing outside in "MAP" t-shirts that they made.Student leadership organizations

Student input is valued and encouraged here. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the entire student body and seeks to share information, connect with college leaders, and create change on campus. Interested in SGA? Reach out to the current student officers and see how you can start campaigning!

As we mentioned earlier, MAP plans engaging events and trips for students. Maybe you've already been to a few, but have you ever wanted to help plan the events? Start showing up and helping out at MAP events, and talk to the programming crew about how you can get more involved!

Career Center

Students at a Career Center networking event.The Career Center is here to help you prepare for your career after graduation. The office recently launched its Spark Your Career initiative, designed to give students a head-start on their professional goals. By getting more involved at the Career Center, students can earn digital badges that culminate in the "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" badge (there may even be a prize involved!).

Activities like meeting with a Career Counselor on campus, completing student internship orientation, and landing an internship are all part of the program. Reach out to the office and learn more about how you can start earning badges! The Career Center is an important resource you'll want to take advantage of during your time here.

Students performing in the fall 2021 theatre production.Arts & music

This one is for all of our theatre and music lovers! Each semester, the Mount puts on a theatre production led by associate professor of Theatre, James Phillips. We welcome all students, faculty, and staff to participate, no matter their experience level. Look out early in the semester for emails from Professor Phillips about auditions.

Interested in writing or media production? Check out Mount Messenger, the college's student-run newspaper, and Mount Media, the Mount's creative production agency. Reach out via the contact information provided on their webpages to get involved!

Faith & service

Students standing outside in front of a sign that says "Newburgh Urban Farm Food Initiative.As a current or interested student, you probably already know our core mission is to become the most service-oriented college in the country. If you're interested in becoming involved on campus in a more meaningful way, reach out to Campus Ministry, professor Charles Zola, who is the director of the Dominican Scholars of Hope (DSH), and/or your professors about upcoming service projects they may be organizing. See here for more information about Campus Ministry, DSH, and other service opportunities.

It may seem far away right now, but, before you know it, you'll be walking off the commencement stage and into the next chapter of your life. We encourage you to get more involved on-campus, because we want you to leave here feeling like you made the most out of your time at the Mount. The worst that could happen is a club or event just isn't for you. The best that could happen? You meet your people and create lifelong memories.


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