Gretchen Dietz '17
Major: Civil Engineering
Job Title: Graduate Student/TA
Employer: University of Florida
Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio
I’m a graduate student at the University of Florida. My Ph.D. studies are in the environmental engineering program, with research in engineering education. Currently, my research involves assessing epistemologies of students in relation to their problem-solving skills. Future research will entail social justice issues within engineering. I’m also a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course within environmental engineering.
More Than a Number
I chose Mount Union for many reasons. When looking for a university, I wanted somewhere small that could give me personalized attention within my education. I didn’t want to be just another number. My aunt is an alumna of Mount Union, so she suggested I take a tour. Upon visiting the gorgeous campus, I fell in love and knew that I had found my next home.
I worked at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) while at Mount Union. This position was posted by a peer who worked there and, with references from my advisors, I applied. I used the Center for Student Success to tailor my résumé and interview tactics, which helped me tremendously. ODOT said I was one of the most prepared interviewees they had seen, and this was all due to Mount Union’s preparation.
Preparing for Life After College
Mount Union prepared me in numerous ways, including the development of communication skills, writing skills, and organizational skills, in addition to an appreciation for loving and helping others, work-life balance, and preparing for an interview. Mount Union has helped me grow and become strong in all the ways needed to be a successful individual.
Following Your Dreams
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I held a job at the ODOT. I gave this up to follow my dreams of being a professor and am in pursuit of my Ph.D. at the University of Florida.
A Worthwhile Investment
I don’t think I would be in the position I am in today, with the blessings I have been given, if it weren’t for Mount Union. The University really set the backbone for my career and gave me a bright future.
I used the Center for Student Success to tailor my résumé and interview tactics, which helped me tremendously. ODOT said I was one of the most prepared interviewees they had seen, and this was all due to Mount Union’s preparation.