Desiree Erchick '17
Major: Japanese and French
Hometown: Alliance, OH
Future Researcher and Volunteer
Member of the Japanese Club, Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Gamma Beta Phi
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I've lived in Alliance my entire life, and my family members are fans of the Raiders' football and basketball teams. I was originally a neuroscience major, and I heard from the faculty at a different college I was visiting that Mount had a great neuroscience program. I also wanted to go to school somewhere close to home.
Class and Campus
I love the small class sizes and how friendly all of the faculty members are toward everyone. I usually like being in the library because it's a great location to do homework and study while being a central location for most of my classes. I also enjoy spending time at the ADPi house with my sisters!
Mount provides wonderful opportunities to experience the world around you, whether it's studying abroad, spring break trips or volunteering in different communities. Mount also provides very relevant classes that challenge students to work as though they are working at a career. The liberal arts education gives students the ability to gain skills in many different areas for a greater chance of finding a job after graduation.
Learn the Language
I chose a Japanese major because I felt really inspired and drawn to the language and culture after taking a Japanese culture class last semester. I have always loved learning new languages and I wanted to challenge myself with something different. I choose to major in French as well because I have taken the language since high school and I knew I wanted to continue using French the rest of my life!
So far, my favorite class has been People and Cultures of Japan. The class has provided me with so much information about Japan that I never would have found out on my own through media or television. I am very excited that Mount Union requires foreign language majors to study abroad. I can't think of a better way to learn a language and understand a culture than by living in the country where the language is spoken!
I would have to say my favorite professors are Dr. Furuhata-Turner and Dr. Hall. Dr. Furuhata-Turner has provided me with a lot of great information on studying abroad in Japan, as well as on the many opportunities in my Japanese major. Dr. Hall has given me a lot of encouragement, as well as provided me with great information on what I can do with a foreign language major once I graduate from Mount.
My ultimate desire is to be able to travel the globe in an effort to provide research and aid for people who are less fortunate. I always dreamed of working for a hospital or an organization that provides medical and psychological aid to war-stricken areas, or places that experience natural disasters.
Mount Union provides wonderful opportunities to experience the world around you, whether it's studying abroad, spring break trips or volunteering in different communities.