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Failures of Mount to Stand Up for Students and Women

Anonymous


As a student here at Mount St Mary’s University, it is the accepted norm that if you are a student you are expected to conform to all the Mount’s rules and regulations, as well as the unrelenting nature of their faculty and staff.


As a well-rounded student at the Mount my experience has been less than average, I achieve all the grades I need to get to get certain scholarships, yet it is never enough.


The Mount is an institution where if you do well, you get a pat on the back, yet there is no further incentive to keep doing well. Though, this not only lies within only the Mount as an institution, but within the collective branches of universities.


To begin, one can turn their attention to Residence Life, who pretends that they care about the students, yet do not do anything until a parent or guardian steps in. There have been countless times that I have spoken to my peers about their experiences with Residence Life, and each time is even worse than the last.


Whether it is due to poor communication, horrendous roommate experiences or too much involvement in all the wrong areas of student life.


 It is shown that students are the Mount’s last priority in most circumstances, if less students attend the university, that means rates for current students will rise. However, this only makes more students want to transfer or drop out.

 

The issue not only lies with Residence Life, but with the Mount’s idealistic effort to make everyone feel as if they belong. Though the attentiveness of this effort is acknowledged and appreciated, there is much to be done. No one’s college experience is perfect, that I agree with, but the Mount is subpar in their efforts to make it a good one.


For example, the women on this campus are treated as lesser, despite making up most of the campus population. There have been innumerable times that I have seen women be put down, sexualized, used and objectified by students and professors alike.


Personally, I have experienced being told to “shut up and look pretty” by professors, and that I am better off in lesser level jobs. When these issues have been brought up with the university, they get tossed aside, and the faculty member gets a slap on the wrist, if that. Though, this is not only found professionally, but also from the men on this campus.


Be that as it may, if the Mount really is fair and equitable, where is the equity within the treatment of women? Should they not hold the same opportunities as men do? Or does the Mount only see the students as a means to an end?

Though not all is bad about the Mount, I would like to extend a thank you towards Counseling services, CSES and Orientation for making a joint effort for the care of both students, faculty and staff alike.


It is time that Mount St. Mary’s realizes that without the students, the institution is headed towards a perpetual dead end.


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