- by Emily Gursky
Margaret Treacy, Career Counselor at the Mount

Q & A with Career Counselor Margaret Treacy

Q. Where did you go to school, and what was your major?

A. I graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in 2013, majoring in Film Production and Public Relations. I am currently an MBA student and will graduate in May 2023.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the Mount? 

A. My favorite thing about the Mount is the family atmosphere. It's what drew me to the Mount in 2008 when I first visited the campus as a high school senior. Even after I graduated in 2013, I stayed in touch with my favorite professors and staff members.

Q. What do you love about working in the Career Center?

A. I love helping students prepare to enter the job market. Some students have told me that they are nervous to graduate because they don't know what's next, but I clarify that feeling is excitement. The only difference between the two is your mindset.

Q. Do you have a favorite food spot in Newburgh?

A. My two favorite restaurants in Newburgh are Vesuvio's and The Silk Factory.  Vesuvio's is nostalgic because I have been a customer for over 12 years! I also love The Silk Factory. It is such a cool venue, and the food is really good.

Q. What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?

A. My favorite TV show at the moment is The Last of Us. It's the type of show that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I've been talking about it so much that I finally got a bunch of my friends to watch it every Sunday on Discord with me.

Q. What’s something you wish students knew about the Career Center?

A. I wish that students knew that it is never too early to make an appointment at the Career Center. Whether you need a resume for your internship or need help preparing for an interview, we are happy to help you!

Q. How can students, faculty, and staff benefit from your work at the Career Center?

A. Happy students become successful alumni and give back to the programs that helped launch their careers. This happens when faculty and staff collaborate with the Career Center when students are referred to us early. The cycle of giving - donation, knowledge, or career opportunity - gets stronger with every alumnus.

Q. As an alum of the college, how important is it for you to give back to the Mount community?

A. Students should be gaining hands-on experience in their respective fields, learning about the industries they are interested in, and networking for a career. Donating and volunteering are the two easiest ways to give back. Students should not have to worry about whether they should study for an exam or take another shift at work. It is important for me to give back to the Mount Community because as an undergraduate student, I had to make that choice of career versus my current job all the time. I worked full-time while going to school full-time because I had to figure out how to pay for school. Sometimes it was difficult to decide whether to call out of work to attend a program related to my field. Donating eases this cost and puts less of a burden on the students. Part of the college experience is networking and learning about the field you are going into. I was always grateful when an alum volunteered their time to talk about their journey from student to successful alum. I want to make it easier for students in a similar position to be able to focus on their careers and not have to stress as I did.

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