Alyssa Rafoth '16
Major: Intervention Specialist
Hometown: Canfield, OH
Future Intervention Specialist
Member of Delta Sigma Tau, Student Alumni Association, Student Ambassador, Mount Union Call Center and Relay for Life
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY:
Choosing Mount Union
When deciding what college I wanted to attend there were many things that I took into consideration. The main thing I wanted was to remain close to home. When I originally visited Mount Union, I knew that I would find everything I was looking for in a college. The campus was beautiful; there were endless possibilities for leadership and growth. I have been blessed to consider Mount Union as my second home.
Mount Union has given me countless opportunities to hold leadership positions. I am extremely involved with sorority, the Raider Relations Call Center and the Alumni Office. These organizations have helped me grow in so many ways. This past summer, I was able to get an internship at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. I learned about this internship though courses that I took at Mount Union. Through a grant, Mount Union was able to pay for my housing over the summer and made the connection between the Clinic much easier.
The College Experience
My experiences at Mount Union have reached beyond my expectations. I have learned so many things about my major and myself. Mount Union has provided me with hands-on experiences in my major. I have the opportunity to be involved in classrooms around Alliance, have summer internships and learn more about where I want my life to take me.
My favorite spots on campus are my sorority house and the Alumni Office. Being in my sorority house always reminds me of all the amazing friendships that I have made. I know that no matter what time of the day, I will always have a place to go. The Alumni Office is filled with remarkable people who would bend over backwards for me. They have been a constant support and are filled with so much knowledge and experiences.
I always knew I wanted to help those affected by disabilities. It was not until after speaking to many professors and Mount Union’s Center for Student Success that I determined I wanted to be an Intervention Specialist.
Over the past three years, I have taken so many courses that I love. Development Typical and Atypical Learners was one course that I learned a tremendous amount from. My favorite professor, Jan Webler, taught this class. Jan has been an inspiration in helping me determine my future career goals. She has taken the time to get to know me on a personal level and has helped me grow as a professional individual. It might be hard to believe, but the course Children’s Literature changed my life. This course taught me how to improve my writing, use my imagination and believe in myself. Our professor set the expectations high, but while in this class I never wanted to do anything but my best.
Mount Union has given me the chance to participate in organizations, help the Alliance community and expand knowledge in my career path.