Lauren Reihl '16
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Deerfield, OH
Minor: Psychology and Business Administration
Member of Alpha Chi Omega, Exceptional Beginnings, Public Relations Student Society of America, American Marketing Association, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and Sophomore Service Honorary
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I live less than 20 minutes away from Mount and for 13 years I have been taking gymnastics in Alliance, so I have spent a lot of time here. Mount Union was actually one of the first schools that I ruled out. It was “too close to home” and my dad is an alum. I wanted an adventure and to make a new path that was completely my own. However, after visiting campus and realizing I felt at home, I knew that this was exactly where I wanted to be and I have never regretted my decision to come here.
One benefit of a small school is that it is so easy to feel comfortable. As much as I like dressing nice, the accepted style at Mount Union is Nike. The students here aren’t the least bit uptight and won’t look down on you if you wear sweat pants to class. Some days, you just NEED to have a sweatpants day.
If I am not running to meetings or sitting in class, I am either running in the MAAC or sitting in the B&B. There are two things that help me de-stress my life: exercise and coffee. I go the MAAC almost every day to run and work out, and the B&B Café is a relaxing place to have coffee, a meal, do homework or socialize.
Kindness is Contagious
The students set Mount apart from other universities. I don’t know when it started, but the kindness is contagious. I have never been to a place where everyone holds the door open for the next person. It’s common courtesies like that that make Mount Union different.
Preparing for Success
Opportunities are everywhere. The professors and staff are so willing to help with anything you may need. There are job and internship fairs every semester, and the clubs and organizations help provide students with networking, internships and job opportunities. By learning about other disciplines and gaining diverse knowledge, the liberal arts education prepares us to ‘hold our own’ in an intellectual conversation. Once we graduate and live in the professional world, we will also be knowledgeable about our career fields.
When I first started college, I was undecided but considering a criminal justice major. I found my way to public relations after changing my major several times during my first year and a half of school. After taking several intro classes, I realized that this field really appealed to me and seemed like a great fit. I really enjoyed my Personality Theory psychology class. I learned a lot about myself throughout the course, and Mr. Wessel is a great teacher.
I spent the summer before my sophomore year working at Graphic Enterprises as a telemarketer. Most of the time, I made phone calls to businesses, which improved my phone communication skills. I also had the benefit of receiving some basic sales training while I was there. I was able to intern in the Office of Marketing at Mount Union.
There are two things that help me de-stress my life: exercise and coffee. I go the MAAC almost every day to run and work out, and the B&B Café is a relaxing place to have coffee, a meal, do homework or socialize.