Joan Tolliver '18
Major: Criminal Justice/Sociology
Hometown: Wilmington, Ohio
Member of FCA and assistant resident manager with Residence Life
Future Agent for Ohio Investigative Unit
Mount Union chose to reward my academic success with the Dean’s Scholarship and maintained that as long as my grades met the requirements. This was a big influence for me.
A Second Home
I loved the at-home environment that Mount gave me: the class size, personal connections with professors and opportunities. Being on campus gave me great hope for the next 4 years of my life. I long to be here, more than I do my hometown! When I am in Wilmington and say “I’m ready to go home,” I always mean Mount.
Students are not seen as numbers. In fact, faculty and staff do a very good job making the students feel included, cared for, and that their education will contribute to every aspect of their life, not just the job search that immediately follows graduation.
The best hands-on course I took part in was Crime Investigation. Instead of reading a textbook and being tested over the information, our class was given about four different crime scenes over the semester. We were taught how to bag evidence, lift fingerprints and how to go about documenting a crime scene. This experience was very valuable to my education.
Most Influential Professor
Dr. Andy Bain is my favorite professor. He has made such a big impact on my life as well as my academic aspirations. Upon entering college, I was convinced I would never attend college for more than four years. I can now safely say that I will continue my education for at least two more years. Dr. Bain has influenced my writing skills, prepared me for presentations, and given me feedback on how I can be a better overall student. More importantly, he taught me how to carry myself as an employee and a respectable person. He is someone I greatly admire and respect.
The Integrative Core helped me to become a well-rounded person. Possessing knowledge unrelated to my major will come in handy when dealing with an unusual situation or just in general when basic knowledge of a subject is needed.
Advice to Perspective Students
Step outside of your comfort zone! It may be difficult at first, but it will benefit you in ways you would have never thought possible.
When I am in Wilmington and say “I’m ready to go home,” I always mean Mount.
- Where is your favorite travel destination?
- Myrtle Beach
- What three songs define your music tastes?
- Summerthing- Afrojack, There is a Cloud- Elevation Worship, Where The Green Grass Grows- Tim McGraw
- What did you want to be when you were a kid?
- A veterinarian
- What is your favorite app?
- What is your favorite holiday and why?
- Christmas- family time, good food, and church events.