Alyssa Adams '20

Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Mentor, Ohio

Minor: Biology and Business Administration

Alpha Xi Delta, Gender Equality Matters, Alpha Lambda Delta, Raider Recruiting Telecounseling

Why Mount Union
I felt at home from the very first visit. There's such a sense of community created from being on a small campus. Professors know your name and you feel comfortable enough to say hi to everyone who you walk past on your way to class.

Friendly Community
I love the feeling of community. You never really feel alone because there's always someone to reach out to or someway to get involved. The support I get from everyone here ranging from my professors to my roommates. It's just awesome.

Exceptional Opportunities
I joined Alpha Xi Delta during the fall semester and it has made such an incredible impact on my life. The women I met through my sorority inspire me every day and have given me the most incredible support system I could ask for. They made adjusting to college so simple.

The Mount Union Difference
Mount Union caters to everyone specifically. Professors and advisors know you and your goals personally. I've been offered so many opportunities here because of those personal relationships. That's hard to find elsewhere, especially in bigger universities.

Why Neuroscience
I want to work with children with autism and having a better understanding of the brain will prepare me for a career in treating, diagnosing, and researching the condition that is becoming so prevalent in today's society.

A Unique Minor
I never planned on minoring in business until I randomly signed up for intro to business. The class has taught me so much and is so interesting to me. I know it'll help me if I decide to open up a private practice one day.

The Integrative Core
The integrative core has forced me to step out of my comfort zone. My strong point has always been in the science field, but taking classes such as economics and art have helped me develop skills outside of my major and I now feel more comfortable writing and researching about subjects that I didn't know much about before coming to Mount.

Understanding Autism
My ultimate goal is to work with children with autism. Mount Union is one of the only schools I visited with an undergraduate program for neuroscience. I think it's so important for me to grasp how the brain works in order to understand how autism affects the body. In addition to this, Mount offers classes that are so specifically targeted towards goals which makes my time here not only beneficial, but fun. I plan on taking an intro to autism class next semester and my advisor is working on setting up an internship with the Cleveland clinic autism research department over the summer. With all the opportunities I have available here, I can see myself finding a job without a problem.

My strong point has always been in the science field, but taking classes such as economics and art have helped me develop skills outside of my major and I now feel more comfortable writing and researching about subjects that I didn't know much about before coming to Mount.

Fun Facts

Where is your favorite travel destination
Miami, Florida
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show/song?
Shameless
What did you want to be when you grew up as a kid?
A psychologist
What’s your favorite app? (If it’s not common, briefly explain what it is
Instagram
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