My junior year I took introduction to anthropology for my sociology minor. The class became one of my favorite classes; it was full of interesting and novel material that forced me to overlook some of my preconceived notions to shape a more accurate picture of the diversity that exists in present and past societies around the world.
Current Student Spotlight:
Archil Pashalishvili ’13
Hometown:Tbilisi, Georgia, Europe
Major:Communication and Spanish
Member of the Association of International Students, WRMU and Residence Life
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I first learned about Mount Union from my high school counselor, who in turn had met with Scott Slabaugh, the assistant director of the Center for Global Education, at Mount Union.
Small College Experience
I decided to attend Mount Union because it offered a unique blend of a small college experience and an opportunity to take a wide variety of classes.
Most Mount Union offices are run very smoothly, greatly facilitating the student experience.
Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center
My favorite place on campus is the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center. The building houses two departments (communication and foreign language and cultures) that are central to me as well as many classrooms, the library and the 24-hour area. In short, it has everything I need.
I would take a visiting student to the Campus Lakes and the surrounding area. The place is particularly serene and beautiful while being so close to some of the central buildings on campus.
Mount Union Community
Mount Union is a very small community, which also has enough diversity to make sure everyone has the opportunity to meet people they find highly interesting.
I chose communication studies as my major primarily because of the scope of its study. It is an ambitious field of study that covers a broad range of disciplines. As such, it gives students the necessary interdisciplinary skills to deepen their knowledge and attain a high degree of flexibility in employment. I decided to major in Spanish as well because I wanted to learn the language. I have always been interested in languages and have developed a habit of using my proficiency in foreign languages as a tool for deepening my knowledge. Spanish is my fourth language.
My favorite hands-on experience in my major has been the opportunity (and often requirement) to write newspaper articles for The Dynamo and to host radio shows at WRMU.
Learning about Diversity
My junior year I took introduction to anthropology for my sociology minor. The class became one of my favorites; it was full of interesting and novel material that forced me to overlook some of my preconceived notions to shape a more accurate picture of the diversity that exists in present and past societies around the world.
My favorite professor by far has been Dr. Liangwu Yin, professor of history and Asian studies. It’s customary for Dr. Yin to provide additional information that complements and deepens the information received from textbooks. He has the ability to animate the class with his unique sense of humor and likes to ask critical questions and then let students come up with their own conclusions. Dr. Yin’s comparative analysis has helped me shape a more realistic outlook on a range of subjects.
I am interested in a wide range of disciplines, which makes having a definite career goal that much harder. After graduation from Mount Union, I want to try to get some work experience that will enable me to use the skills and knowledge I have developed. After a year or two of working I would like to go back to school and obtain a degree in international and comparative law. My ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of dynamic civil society by working for a non-governmental or advocacy organization.