Why Mount St. Marys University?

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My reflections on why I picked the college I decided to go to!

Submitted: July 04, 2018

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During the summer of my junior year, I received many kind emails from the Mount. I clicked on their website and I saw that it was a very welcoming Christian community. Immediately, I wanted to visit the vibrant campus.  To think… a college who takes the time to email thoughtful messages on holidays and who encourages you to apply is a college you definitely need to go to!  Why 4 years at the Mount, you ask?  Well, in order to do law, I need to get my bachelor's degree as well as a J.D. degree.  The Mount offers a 3+3 program with the Catholic University of America.  Instead of doing the 3+3 program, I have decided to enjoy my college experience at the Mount for 4 years and I can always go to CUA after taking the LSAT. The Mount also has an agreement with the CUA where you can go there if you get a decent LSAT score and GPA.  My friend Kaitlyn Timmons attends MSMU since fall of 2017.  All she would do during lunch was talking about the mascot, the classes she would want to take and all of the friendly staff she met at an open house as well as accepted students day that she attended.  She said the church was very beautiful and the priests really loved their jobs, which made me feel more at ease with the school.  I am spending 4 years at the Mount to have an amazing and religious college experience.  I want to experience the huge, elegant church as well as get involved in any clubs such as AMP, volleyball, and basketball.Sister Mary Beth drew me to the mount.  She is the sweetest woman in the world! Before I spoke with her, I wasn't sure if I'd really like Mount St Mary's because I had so many other college choices.  She assured me that this school would help me get my law degree in the future as well as help me succeed.  She also stated that this school will help me be more spiritual since I am a Catholic.  The next 4 years will bring me new friendships, prepare me for law school and bring me closer to God.  They have an excellent curriculum, supportive professors by far and friendly priests such as Father Brian and Father Diego.  In the back of my mind, I kept the thought that they were in the middle of nowhere.  Being that I was used to being a suburban/city (born and raised in Franklin Lakes, NJ and grown up in New City, New York), I wasn't thrilled with being in a rural type area for a long time.  While sitting in the gym waiting for the speakers to talk, a senior at the Mount came up to me.  She was very kind and talked highly of the Mount.  I expressed to her my concerns about the rural parts of the Mount.  She assured me that she thought the same way until she realized they actually had shuttles that can take you to DC and Philadelphia on the weekends.  She also said that they always had something to do on campus thanks to AMP and the trips that the Mount offers.  This made me very happy and it made me really want to come to the Mount and to spend the 4 years here. Coming to the mount, as I have stated will help point me in the right direction to becoming a lawyer.  I wasn't sure how good their law program really was until I started emailing Professor Egan.  Professor Egan works as a pre-law advisor at the Mount and upon searching him up on the directory, I found out that he had also graduated from CUA!  He said that he would help me pick classes that will relate to my major and will take over as my advisor after my core classes are done.  As part of the pre-law program, I can be mentored by the pre-law advisory board and Mount mentors.  I will be exposed to internship possibilities, free LSAT prep classes and open my ears to speakers on and off campus.  This is very exciting to me and is proven to help me succeed as a lawyer.  It makes me want to spend the 4 years at the Mount and take advantage of all of these helpful tools provided by the pre-law program.  I had all of these college choices from Pace University, Hofstra, and Arcadia.  None of these really seemed better than the Mount.  The Mount is 25 in the North which is pretty impressive.  Some of the colleges I applied to weren't even ranked at all, which is concerning a little.  The Mount is even ranked among the best colleges for money, best college for employment in Maryland and made the Forbes Grateful Grad Index list.  When I pick colleges, I make sure that they are ranked either in the North or national and have a good reputation.  The Mount proved to have a good reputation with 98% of graduates being employed within one year or graduate school.  I also liked that the Mount had a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.  I prefer small classes over large ones because you can get to know the professor more and get the help you need faster.  The Mount is worth it after 4 years; especially with the amazing employment rate and the small classes.  Out of all the colleges I applied to, the Mount has the lowest tuition rate and the most helpful financial aid.  Looking over the tuition, my dad and I had concerns over whether we can actually afford the Mount.  We desperately needed the financial help and that's just what we got.  I already had 88,000 for 4 years at the Mount from scholarships at the Mount.  I received 18,000$ for the year from the MD GA grant only valid at MD schools.  All we needed was two low costing loans and a small leftover amount.  The tuition was finally paid and we were stress-free.  It is always worth it to have fewer loans to pay back in the end.  Now after I spend four years here, I don't owe back as much as I would for other schools.

 


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