Megan Ostrofsky ‘16
Major: Theatre and Middle Education
Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
Future Actress and Math Teacher
Member of theatre productions, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and math tutor
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
When I moved to the area in fifth grade, we drove past Mount Union and I thought it was beautiful, but I didn’t actually think I would go here. Randomly, my parents said, “Why don’t we just go on a tour of the place?” We did, and I fell in love! I definitely got that feeling as soon as I stepped on campus!
I came to Mount Union on a theatre scholarship and met two amazing undergraduates, Jacob Ward and Kelsey Tomlinson, who happily answered my silly, future-college-student questions. They asked me if I was in any shows now, and I told them I had played Wendy in the production of Peter Pan at Hoover High School, but I didn’t think much of it. A few days passed and during the last night of tech week I looked into the audience and there, in the back row, sat Jacob and Kelsey! As soon as we were done with the show I went running off the stage and gave them each a hug. I still have a hard time believing they drove from Mount Union to my high school just to see me in a show. The fact that the people were so genuine and supportive sold me immediately; I had to go to Mount Union.
Small School Bonus
I like that at Mount Union, I am a person and not just a number. I’ve been told numerous times that going to a small school is a poor decision, but I know for a fact that it is far from that. Never having a class with more than 20 or so students is such a bonus! I can get personal attention from all my professors in and out of the classroom because there aren’t an overwhelming number of students. Plus, I love being able to know most people on campus. Of course, this can happen on any campus, but at a smaller college the number of people I know on comparison to the total number of students is much higher than if I were to go to a larger campus. It’s nice to walk down the sidewalk to class or sit in the dining commons and be able to wave at all the people I know. Mount Union really is the perfect place to be. We’re like one big family.
My favorite building is a toss between the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (MAAC) and Cope Music Hall. I enjoy being active and the MAAC is the perfect location for that. The equipment is awesome, and it’s open pretty late into the night, which is nice for a person who is busy practically all day long. I spend most of my time in Cope, though, since I am a theatre major. I’m excited because Mount Union is remodeling the whole building, and we’re going to get a beautiful new stage and choir room soon.
If I were to take prospective students to somewhere on campus, it would be to the B&B Café. Not only is the food delicious, but it’s also affordable and a nice place to sit down and talk. Plus the pool tables and lounge area makes it a nice area to relax.
Major in What You Love
Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a teacher. Many spend years trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, but I’ve always known teaching was what I was born to do. To add to that, theatre has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been in many shows and musicals since fourth grade, and while I enjoyed sports and staying active, the stage was where I was meant to be. Like theatre, math was always a strong suit of mine. To top it off, I am a huge people person and absolutely adore helping others. If you put all that together, I am majoring/minoring in everything I love! That’s why I love Mount Union—supports you in your goals. I can’t think of many other places where you can be on the track team yet also be in the musical—that’s pretty rare.
The best experience in my major includes anything I’ve done on stage. I was in Almost, Maine during fall semester, and now I am in Company this spring. Being on stage always makes me feel like I am growing as an actress, especially when you have people like Kevin Kern, assistant professor of theatre, and Rudy Roggenkamp, associate professor of theatre, as your directors. They each have their own directing styles and techniques, so you get two wonderful perspectives. Both are awesome!
I was in Kevin Kern’s acting class in the fall, and I know I learned more about acting in that single class alone than I have ever learned in my life! Plus, we were on stage every class learning, preforming or just having a blast. Having a teacher and director who really knows his stuff and is as passionate as students are is so refreshing. I’m honored to be able to work with such wonderful people.
When I had my first class with Kevin Kern, he really made me think, “Wow! So this is college!” I learned so much about honest acting and different ways to understand a character and what’s going on around you. Also, his teaching style is fun and upbeat. It’s hard to believe you’d ever look forward to going to a certain class, but there wasn’t a day last semester when I didn’t. I know I still have a long way to go with my acting, but I’ve also grown so much in just one short year thanks to him.
I can get personal attention from all my professors in and out of the classroom because there aren’t an overwhelming number of students.