I chose to major in philosophy because it tackles the big questions in life. In philosophy, you are never expected to accept anything as true just because somebody says so. It is up to the individual to judge what is true by reason rather than deferring to an authority figure for the answer.

Dekota Toot ’15

Major: Philosophy and Psychology
Hometown: Alliance, Ohio

Future professor

Member of the men’s cross country and track teams, intramural quidditch, Philosophy Club and Honors Program

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Making a decision
I wanted to go to a college where I wasn’t just a face in the crowd. Plus, my mother actually graduated from Mount Union, so the fact that she had such a positive experience during her time on campus, definitely influenced my decision to come to Mount Union.

Choosing a major
I chose to major in philosophy because it tackles the big questions in life. In philosophy, you are never expected to accept anything as true just because somebody says so. It is up to the individual to judge what is true by reason rather than deferring to an authority figure for the answer.

Favorite class
The class that sticks out to me as my favorite is Modern Philosophy. The philosophers of that era had some really earth-shattering ideas, which made for great class discussions!

Opportunities
What I really like most about Mount Union are the opportunities that are available to students. In fact, my friend and I actually created the Philosophy Club on campus. I find it to be very fulfilling to exchange ideas with the other members of the club. It is such a diverse group, so every discussion is new and interesting. I also can pursue an interest in vocal musicianship while running cross country, focusing on academics and playing quidditch.

Nature Center
One of my favorite places near campus is Mount Union’s Nature Center. It is relaxing to take a walk on a trail during a fall day to unwind after class.

Devoted professors
One thing that sets Mount Union apart from other colleges and universities is the devotion that faculty members have to educating students. Dr. Scott Gravlee, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has had a tremendous impact on me during the brief time I have had him as a professor. He is passionate about the subject he teaches and he is always willing to talk. There have been countless times when I have asked him a question after class and we ended up conversing for an hour. He played a large part in my decision to major in philosophy.

Ultimate career goal
My ultimate career goal is to finish graduate school and teach at a university. I would also like to pursue research into the philosophy of the mind.

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