Kate Gonczy '18

Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio

Minor: Biology

Future Pediatrician 

Executive board member of Alpha Phi Omega (President: Spring of 2016-Fall 2016), member of American Chemical Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Sophomore Service Honorary and student/faculty quartet. 

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Love at First Sight
As soon as I walked on campus, I was overwhelmed with how beautifully maintained the landscape was. It was apparent that Mount Union took pride in their campus, and I found that surprisingly absent at other schools that I had visited. The admission representative, professors, and students that I met while on visits to Mount made me feel wanted. It turns out that this feeling doesn’t go away once you become a student here- the faculty and staff place a high priority on the needs of the students.

Mount Union Community
I love how the campus feels like a community. We celebrate the success of our athletic teams together, and it doesn’t matter if you are on the field or in the stands, we’re all Raiders. Everyone on campus takes pride in being a part of Mount Union. On the other hand, whenever tragedy strikes the campus, everyone pulls together and supports each other.

Home Sweet Home
I think the faculty and staff make Mount Union feel like a second home. Whether it’s Linda, in the cafeteria, giving you an extra cookie because you look stressed, or your professor responding to your panicked email at 1:00 AM, everyone is there for you when you need them.

From Friends to Family
The group of friends that I made during the first few weeks really helped me adjust to college life. When I got sick for the first time away from home, my friends offered to drive to the store to pick up medicine and soup, and that’s when I realized that those people were becoming my second family. These friendships have been what have gotten me through the hardest parts of college. They also have been there for some of my favorite memories, and they made that adjustment just a little bit easier. 

Professors that Care
Because of the small class sizes at Mount, the professors really get to know their students, and this allows them to help you more efficiently when you are struggling. The professors at Mount are always willing to meet to go over material or answer any questions that you have. They also can help you with things other than academics. For example, my advisor gave me some very helpful tips and tricks for when I went to Disney with my family over the summer. This never would have happened if I was just one person in a lecture of 300 students.   

Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and get involved. Professors can’t help you if they don’t know what you’re struggling with, so it’s better to swallow your pride and admit you’re confused rather than continuing to struggle. Also, getting involved on campus allows you to meet the people outside of your classes, and I have made some of my best friends this way.  

Favorite Class
My favorite class so far has probably been Organic Chemistry. Although it was tough, a lot of it was like a puzzle and so I (sometimes) found that fun. I also liked the challenge. Additionally, Dr. Woodward always gave real life medicinal-applications of organic chemistry, which I found very interesting. 

Favorite Professor
This is a really hard question because I have really enjoyed all of my professors thus far. If I HAD to choose, it would be a tie between Dr. Draves and Dr. Boyd-Kimball. Both of these professors have gotten to know me personally, and I know that they really care about my success. I know that I can go to them with any problem, school related or otherwise, and they will take the time to help me with it, no matter what.

Importance of a Liberal Arts Education
Combining a liberal arts education with professional preparation makes you both a well-rounded student, and applicant, to grad-schools. Taking classes outside of your major shows future employers and schools that you care about your education as a whole and that you’re not just checking pre-requisites off of a list.

Dream Job
My dream is to go to medical school and become a pediatrician and I would love to work for Doctors Without Borders for at least a short time. Mount is preparing me for this dream by providing me with unlimited opportunities to develop my leadership and interpersonal skills. Additionally, my professors are also preparing me with rigorous, but rewarding, coursework so that I will, one day, be able to handle the workload of medical school.

Kate Gonczy

Taking classes outside of your major shows future employers and schools that you care about your education as a whole and that you’re not just checking pre-requisites off of a list.

Fun Facts

What's your favorite travel destination?
Give Kids the World Village. It’s my all-time favorite volunteer spot located in Kissimmee, Florida. It is an all-expense-free vacation destination for families who have terminally-ill children
What's your favorite quote/motto?
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I have not done.” –Lucille Ball
What's your guilty pleasure TV show?
The X-Files (I’m a sucker for 90s TV shows).
What three songs define your music tastes?
All Time Low by Jon Bellion, Skinny Love by Bon Iver, and Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Movement 2
What's your most used emoji?
😂
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