Thanks to Mount Saint Mary’s Institute for Student Academic Enrichment (ISAE), some incoming Athenians are now better prepared to launch their academic journey this fall.
ISAE’s Summer JumpStart program empowers participants to take charge of their academic, community and career goals right from the start. During a three-day, overnight retreat July 30-Aug. 1, students had the chance to get a taste of what they will experience at the Mount, and learn about University resources available to them. A federally funded TRiO program at the University, ISAE provides support services to first-generation, income-qualifying and disabled students. Services include individualized academic and career planning, professional counseling support, peer mentoring and cultural enrichment events.
The Summer JumpStart program specifically enabled incoming ISAE students to get acclimated with the resources available to them at the Mount; learn about wellness initiatives and study abroad opportunities; take financial literacy, academic planning and time management workshops; hear from ISAE alumnae; and consult with faculty, staff and ISAE peer advisors. Based at Doheny Campus, the program’s schedule included time at both Chalon and Doheny, as well as cultural enrichment activities off campus.
“We started the ISAE Summer Jumpstart program to provide a group of our incoming ISAE students with the opportunity to stay on campus and meet their ISAE counselors, peer advisors, alumni and to connect with each other,” says Veronica Martinez, director of the University’s Academic Support Center and ISAE. “We wanted to expose the students to the holistic education they will have at the Mount and welcome them to this special time in their lives. In ISAE, we strive for our students to have a successful academic journey and lots of fun.”
Fun was certainly part of the equation at this summer’s retreat, which included campus scavenger hunts, wellness activities, taco parties, a Dodgers game and an Afro-Cuban Dance jam session at Hollywood’s Ford Theatre.
“The Summer Jumpstart program allowed me to build camaraderie with my peers who share a lot of the same experiences and interests as I do,” says Crystal Carrillo ’22, who plans to study biochemistry at the Mount.
“It also gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with staff in most departments such as financial aid, academic advisement and academic support. After the sessions with each staff member, I no longer felt lost. I felt as if there is no way I can fail because I am a part of such a supportive community.”
Learn more about ISAE at https://www.msmu.edu/academics/learning-resources/isae/.