Jacie Iden ‘12
Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio
Future advocate for the Centers for Disease Control
Member of After Hours, Residence Life, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Honors in the Major Program and Campus Church.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Everyone knows everyone
I like Mount Union because of its small “everyone-knows-everyone” environment. It also has public health as a major, which many other institutions don’t have. And, the campus is beautiful all year round – I adore the campus scenery!
A home away from home
The best part about attending Mount Union is that it’s now my home away from home. I love the connections I’ve made with fellow students, faculty, staff and community members. It has truly been an exceptional college experience thus far.
A unique location
Mount Union’s location is unique because it is in a small town. There are small city activities to enjoy, but at the same time, Canton is only 20 minutes away and can be the “go-to place” for a getaway from college and community chaos. Cleveland and Pittsburgh are both conveniently close.
A healthy major
I chose to pursue a degree in health after taking a nutrition course during the spring semester of my senior year of high school. My teacher stressed healthy living in a whole new way. In turn, it influenced me to pursue a career as a public health advocate and help others choose to live healthy lifestyles.
An enlightening professor
Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro (associate professor of human performance and sport business) – also known as “Canbro” – is my favorite professor. She has helped pave every step of my path since April 2008 and is my all-time mentor and role model.
My favorite hands-on experience thus far has been the Bone Marrow Donation Program during Relay for Life in 2010. I was able to coordinate and experience the entirety of the process. I enjoyed having that authority, and the fact that I, along with several other volunteers, may be able to make a difference for a waiting bone marrow recipient made it all worthwhile.
Where you can find me
I have two favorite spots on campus: the lakes and the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). I adore sitting and relaxing by the lakes during the fall and spring, and The MAAC is an extraordinary place to exercise. The equipment is modern and well kept.
I like Mount Union because of its small “everyone-knows-everyone” environment. It also has public health as a major, which many other institutions don’t have.