Katie Fuller '16
Major: Spanish and Biology
Hometown: Akron, OH
Future Physician Assistant and Medical Interpreter
Member of Kappa Phi and Alpha Gamma Delta and Student Assistant for the Ralph and Mary Regula Center
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Connection to Mount
I grew up in the Methodist Church, so I was always encouraged to look into making Mount part of my future.
Home Away From Home
From the moment I visited campus, I knew I had found my home for the next four years. The campus is beautiful and the small school atmosphere really appealed to me. I love the small class sizes. It really allows you to get to know your classmates and your professors, and it makes getting help in difficult classes much easier.
Relaxation in Nature
I love going to the Nature Center. When it’s warm outside, it’s nice to be able to take a hike to unwind. They also have a large, circular room that amplifies the chirps and tweets of the birds outside. They usually have a hot chocolate station too. It’s a really great place to study if you want to get away from the main campus for a little bit.
Best of Both Worlds
At Mount Union, you have the benefits of going to a small school without sacrificing the opportunities of a bigger university. Students get to experience small class sizes and an individualized education, but also have many opportunities that are usually associated with larger schools, such as study abroad, internships and graduate school or job fairs. The University also encourages students to give back to their community and helps organize numerous service projects.
The professors are really experienced at helping their students find success in the classroom and giving students the tools they need for the next step in life; be it graduate school or entrance into the workforce.
Combining Español and Biología
I want to work as a physician assistant in an urban hospital. I chose to study biology to give me the tools I will need to work in healthcare. I fell in love with the Spanish language in high school and had life-changing experiences with the Hispanic community in my hometown. I never thought I would be able to complete two very different majors, but I didn’t want to stop studying the language and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Mount Union offers a 32-credit major for students who are able to pass the Foreign Language Proficiency Exam, so I didn’t have to settle with a Spanish minor. Because Mount provides this opportunity, I will be able to take the place of a translator and provide more patient-centered care once I become a physician assistant.
Experience with Diversity
One of the best experiences I have had as a Spanish major has been the opportunity to interact with international students. Not only does Mount have students from Spanish-speaking countries, but students from all over the world. I’ve met people from the Caribbean, France, Japan, Spain and Germany. It’s amazing that you can meet such a diverse group of people on such a small campus.
Culture in the Classroom
Spanish Pop Culture was the first Spanish class I took at Mount and it remains one of my favorites. In the course we learned Spanish vocabulary and lessons about culture from a Mexican telenovela. We also looked at Hispanic actors and actresses and their influence on our own popular culture. It was incredibly interesting and relevant to our learning of everyday Spanish.
Opening Minds and Doors
My liberal arts education has and continues to expand my horizons and forces me to look at things through many different perspectives. This, blended with professional preparation, will help me to be a more dynamic, open-minded and flexible member of a team in the workplace.
I love going to the Nature Center. When it’s warm outside, it’s nice to be able to take a hike to unwind.