All posts tagged: Faces of the Mount

A Twin Relationship That Keeps Growing

  By The Athenian Print Garret and Grant Vita are senior twin nursing majors about to walk on stage with their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing on May 8, 2017. From being born just one minute apart to going to the same school since they were kids both brothers are ready to reminisce their time at the Mount and move forward as future nurses. Applying to the same universities, you would think that their relationship would be rock solid but before college Garret and Grant’s relationship was a little rocky. “Our relationship has gotten better because we are here to help each other, instead of fighting about grades.”   During their spare time, both twins enjoy spending time at the gym. They use the time at the gym to play basketball and lift weights. Throughout their entire four years they have been a part of the intramural basketball team and Pangkat Filipino. They have been devoted to both of these organizations since their freshman year. One piece of advice that both twins would tell male nursing …

I Am Here Because of Journalism

Professor Karen Fritschi, a Journalism and English professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University, is an inspiring woman who has influenced all of her students to become the best writers they can possibly be. Born just a few miles away from London, Fritschi grew up in Africa and found her calling of becoming a journalist. “The best job in the world is being a journalist, the second best job in the world is teaching journalism,” she said. With the love and support of her family she was never limited on the options she pursued in grad school. She was always told that she can be and become whatever she wanted to be and becoming a journalist is exactly what she did. After moving back and forth a couple of times she finally settled down in her hometown where she was able to receive a job as an admin. Although the outcome wasn’t what she expected, she was able to learn a lot from her experience. Little did she know she would soon be running the editorial …

Giving Up One Dream to Pursue Another

Ethan Diego, a freshman pre-nursing major, had a passion for becoming a professional soccer player. For years he thought that if he worked hard enough his dream would become a reality. However, he came to the realization that he needed to pursue something bigger. “College is very important to me because as the oldest in my family, I need to set a standard,” Diego says. “I chose Nursing [as my major] because I am doing everything in my power to save a patient’s life.” Besides school, family means everything to Ethan. The person he looks up to the most is his dad because of how hard he works to put food on the table, pay for his tuition, and live a stable life. Since his father was kicked out of college, Ethan wants to be the one to pick up where he left off and be the one to finish. “My dad is everything for me, I am doing this for him.” Produced and written by Liz Charre. Filmed and edited by OnJonet Williams.

This is the place for me

Faces of the Mount Name: Danielle Handcock Weekend College Student “For me, I wanted to go back to school so that I can get an education and teach my daughter better. My parents are educated but my brother and I stopped going to school. We got caught up in the wrong kind of life so when I found out about this school and the opportunity to come back to school, get a job, do something more productive so that I could provide to my child and be able to teach her from an educational stand point as well as give her more values, I thought this was the place for me.”

A different flourishing of the soul

Faces of the Mount Student: Ajeé Anderson Major: English “I wanted to graduate in 4 years. I’m slightly a stickler for sticking to the plans I set in my head. I hate the what-ifs in any situation. That’s my biggest fear, the what-ifs. My struggle was realizing that life is really, very unpredictable. I’m not a very religious person, but I always believed in the saying: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him you have a plan for your life.” I started off majoring in Biology and I came to this school to become a veterinarian. The school told me they had pre-veterinary; I got in and accepted it. Unfortunately, they lied and said they didn’t have it. I’m not bitter at all, though, to be honest. It’s part of my story. I remember sitting in my classes and honestly abhorring the material being taught. It wasn’t the professors – I loved them. They were all good people and you could tell that they were passionate and that they cared for their students. …

If not me, then who else?

Faces of the Mount Name: Phylizia Carrillo Majors: Political Science and Global Politics Minors: Philosophy and Film, Media, and Social Justice “I picked these majors because I didn’t see anyone else doing it. I thought, ‘If not me, then who else?’ I’m interested in politics, and hopefully, I’ll be able to run or lead with either policy or anything like that. I was trying to look for role models and didn’t see anyone, so I was just like, well I’ll do it.  It’s pretty cool to lay your own path. It’s very cliché, but just do it. Do it on your own terms and on your own time because a lot of people, especially women, get very focused on the obstacles ahead of them that they don’t even start. Recently, I was in DC and across the White House there’s something called “The Anti-War Peace Vigil” and it’s the longest running peace protest in the U.S.  This one guy who just sits there for 12-55 hour shifts says ‘hi’ to people and educates them. I went up to him and he told me about his life. First glance, you might think he was homeless, but …

Mothers know best

The Faces of The Mount  Student: Maria Major: American Studies & Art major GIS & Ethnic Studies minor “When I graduated in 2006, I was living this really played out idea of what a South LA girl looked like. I did a lot of unhealthy things and made plenty of mistakes. All of these things, they weren’t in alignment with my soul and I pushed myself back to a better place. That push was having my sons. I couldn’t bullshit anymore. I couldn’t slack off like I used to. I had people to care for. My whole sense of identity changed the moment I became a mother. I started off as a Weekend College student, but things began to change for me, personally, during the first two semesters and that’s when I decided to transition into Traditional College. My sons’ father is not in their lives and I suppose not having any guides about how to raise boys in a patriarchal world as a single mother prompted me to look to educational sources for help. Even …

I wanted to be the best of the best

The Faces of the Mount Student: Destanee Major: Nursing   “I wanted to be a lawyer ever since I was little. I grew up in a really hard home my dad was abusive and my aunt had an eating disorder. I kind of had a really unstable environment so it really interested me in being a lawyer, specifically civil law, because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. In high school, I was super determined to go to Harvard Law–I wanted to be the best of the best.

The Athenian Print Introduces The Faces of The Mount

An Athenian Print special There is no denying it. As isolated as The Mount is, over the years, it has become a community of its own, with people of different cultural and social backgrounds coming from all over Los Angeles County. Here, we’ve created a foundation, a basis for students, faculty, and staff to connect with each other. But let us put this question out there: are we truly communicating with one another? For The Athenian Print, we believe that words are fundamental, but we also believe that most important of all is the message we put out. Often times, with school and work, The Mount community is only able to communicate with each other on a superficial level. Although it’s brutal to hear, it’s honest. And so we’ve created The Faces of the Mount to truly admire those who make up The Mount community. Through this project, we are giving each and every one of you the spotlight you deserve. The Athenian Print wants to hear your story. We truly want to get to …