Erin White '18

Major: Physics/Math/Spanish
Hometown: West Chester, Ohio

Member of the Women’s Basketball team, HOLA, SAAC and Society of Physics Students

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Choosing Mount Union
I chose to come to Mount Union for three reasons: it’s great academically, it’s a friendly campus, and I get to continue to play the sport I love—basketball.  The people are what I like most about Mount Union. People make up a campus—not buildings, not classes, not activities, but people. It’s so nice to just be walking back to your room or to class, and even people who don’t know you smile or say hi as you pass by.

Favorite Study Spot
Bracy is my favorite place at Mount Union. It’s peaceful and provides a nice little getaway from the stress of school. It’s the best place to stop while walking and talking with friends, too.

On the Road to Success
Mount Union is preparing me for success after graduation with hands-on classes that force me to figure things out for myself. In physics especially, my teachers challenge me to come to my own conclusions and to question everything. My classes and professors are teaching me how the real world will be, and this will help me with graduate school and entering the workforce.

Advice for Prospective Students
Life isn’t always what you expect. You have to grab every chance you get, whether it is the chance of a lifetime or a chance you get every week. Once they are gone, you can’t go back and get them again. Don’t let anyone but yourself change your mind. You have to choose a place that can be your world. Life is too short to have regrets. I want to leave Mount better than when I found it. I want my legacy at Mount and in life to be that of a great person, great humanity and great help.

Deciding on Majors
I chose physics as a major because I am a very curious person, and physics helps to answer questions about why things happen the way they do. Math goes along with physics and has always been something that just makes sense to me. I think that it will be very useful combined with physics. I am taking Spanish because I want to become fluent in the language. I also want to study abroad in Spain, so continuing to learn about the Spanish language and culture will be very helpful for that.

Hands-On Experiences
My favorite experience in my major so far is probably the Barbie bungee lab from Physics 101. We do some pretty cool labs in Physics 101 and 102, but I am more excited to see the advanced labs that I will be doing this semester. Also, this summer I will be studying abroad in San Sebastian. I can’t wait to travel and explore a new part of the world.

Caring Professors
Dr. Ekey is my favorite professor. He is sarcastic and loves to make jokes, but, when I need something, he is more than willing to help in any way that he can. He is helping me to learn things that will be helpful in any future career and can set me apart from others in the field of physics. Dr. Ekey has also been a professor that I feel comfortable coming to for problems whether they are about physics or not.

Ultimate Career Path
I am not sure what my career path will be yet. With physics, math and Spanish, I have a lot of options. Currently, I’m looking into a career with the National Transportation Safety Board. I would be able to use physics to help determine the cause of a place crash, for example, and prevent it and other accidents from happening. Using my degree to help people is the ultimate goal for me. I want to have a career that makes a difference in people’s lives, whether it’s one at a time or hundreds at a time.

Erin White Physics Major

Using my degree to help people is the ultimate goal for me.

Fun Facts

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Jennifer Lawrence because she seems like she would be a lot of fun to hang out with and is so comfortable being herself, imperfections and all.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
What three songs define your music tastes?
"Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, "Our Song" by Taylor Swift, "Fins" by Jimmy Buffett
You’re meeting a friend for coffee. What do you order?
Hot chocolate because coffee is blech.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show?
Friends
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