Kyle Dreger ‘14

Major: Computer Science and English
Job Title: Software Engineer

Hometown: Rootstown, Ohio
Employer:
Synergy Data Systems

My daily responsibilities include focusing on the usability and user experience side of software development.

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Mount Union Influence
One of the biggest influences for me to apply to Mount Union was my high school athletic director and Mount Union alumnus Keith Waesch, ‘94. His office was always filled with mementos from his years at Mount Union, and that’s where I got the big idea to investigate further. I was also familiar with the campus through the soccer team’s summer program, which I participated in for three years of high school.

Heart Set on Attending
After applying to colleges, every time I would mention Mount Union, I noticed a visible change in expression on the face of whomever I was talking to. Once I had finished talking, they would somehow get the conversation back to Mount Union and how they, or someone they knew, had an amazing time there. I never heard a bad thing about the school from anyone. In a way, I already had my heart set on attending Mount Union. Receiving the Presidential Scholarship made the decision easier too!

Double Majors
I was originally set on majoring in nursing, but at the time, Mount Union didn’t offer that as a major. However, I came to realize that I could use my skills with computers to build software that helps people in the same way, just without the needles. I’ve always loved writing in my free time, plus good computer programmers who have a firm grasp of the English language make a huge difference in the type of work they put out.

Honors Program Benefits
I loved participating in the Honors Program, as it gave me the chance to dig deep into subjects I enjoyed. The best part was that I got to work one-on-one with my professors on specific projects and goals, which often led to plenty of practical experience within the subject the class was studying.

Favorite Class
Honestly, I enjoyed all my classes, but one class I was particularly excited about was Dr. Danielle Cordaro’s Writing and the Web. I feel that writing majors, more than anyone, should get experience putting their work online and the best practices for doing so.

Major Influences
Although she’s not a professor, my favorite teacher was my mother for home schooling me through my sophomore year of high school. At Mount Union, Dr. John Kirchmeyer was an amazing professor and even better academic advisor. Being able to always pop into his office and ask him questions provided me with some amazing conversations and insight. He was an awesome professor and friend.

Memories at Mount
Proposing to my girlfriend was one of the best memories on campus, but that was in the summertime. During school, graduation was an awesome moment to be a part of.

Internships
I interned with the Timken Company for two summers during my time at Mount. I designed web applications for the iPad and Microsoft tablets. The internship opportunities, which came through my professors, really helped get me the experience that employers in my field were looking for.

Full-Time Position
I now work at Synergy Data Systems full-time, where my responsibilities include focusing on the usability and user experience side of software development.

Ultimate Life Goals
Abiguously: do good and help others. Specifically: get an apartment! I never want to stop building things. I want to be a dad who loves his kids. I never want to stop learning, even when the classes are complete. I want to exude a passionate faith, work ethic and touch of comedy. I always want to be the one who brings those around me up, never down.

Worthwhile Investment
Between the relationships you get to build between the faculty/staff and the facilities/campus itself, Mount Union was well worth the investment. Plus, I made great friends here that are priceless.

The Honors Program gave me the chance to dig deep into subjects I enjoyed. The best part was that I got to work one-on-one with my professors on specific projects and goals, which often led to plenty of practical experience within the subject the class was studying.

Fun Facts

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Poor typography decisions in important materials and documents.
Do you dance in the car?
Singing in the car - heck yes. Dancing? I do a little, but it has to be the right song.
What is number one on your bucket list?
I don't really have a bucket list. There are places I want to go and travel, but I'm pretty open to wherever God wants to take me.
What is your favorite movie?
The Social Network. Inception. OK, Frozen for sure. And last one: How to Train Your Dragon.
What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
Two waffles around a Chick-fil-A chicken patty.
What is your favorite restaurant?
PF Changs. Their crunch green beans and entrees are fantastic.
What is one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?
I think I'm actually kind of funny, but you'll only see that if I've known you for a while.
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