Roxanne Hoch ’15
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Member of the Honors Program, Association of International Students, First Year Experience and women’s golf team
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I always thought that I would go to college and major in mathematics or some type of physical science, but that all changed during my senior year of high school when I became friends with a few international students. I became really interested in Korean music and culture, and that’s when I knew that cultures and traveling were my passions. I want to travel frequently, so I felt that majoring in international studies would be a natural fit for me.
I believe that, in order to have a well-rounded learning experience, there has to be diversity. In fact, one of the reasons I chose to attend the University of Mount Union is because of the diverse student body on campus. As we grow up, we have a tendency to learn things from only one perspective – the American perspective. However, even history, which is mostly fact, can be viewed from multiple angles depending on where one is from and how one was raised. Therefore, being a student at the University has allowed me to in fact learn about and understand things from different perspectives. I also love learning about other cultures, and since I’ve been at Mount Union, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
Individuality of students and faculty
The individuality of the students and faculty is really what sets Mount Union apart from other colleges and universities. Each student and professor brings something unique to the learning environment, and the small campus size allows you to really get to know a lot of interesting people.
More than just a lecture
My favorite professor is Dr. Michael Grossman, associate professor of political science and international studies and chair of the Department of political science and international studies. The way he teaches involves more than just standing in front of the classroom lecturing. Instead, he makes course material more interesting and interactive by having almost every class be a small lecture followed by a class discussion.
While taking Elementary Chinese, I had the opportunity to practice traditional Chinese calligraphy. This was my absolute favorite part of class because it shows that there is not only a difference in the way words are written (characters versus letters), but also a difference in the method of how the language is written. Calligraphy is a traditional part of Chinese history and culture, and being able to practice it myself made me respect that aspect of the Chinese culture even more. It is no easy feat to write using a calligraphy brush!
Write a novel
I have no idea what I would like to do with my life. I have several ideas, but they usually change by the hour. One thing I do know is that I want to live and work overseas. My ultimate dream is to write a novel that changes people's perspective on a controversial topic.
While taking Elementary Chinese, I had the opportunity to practice traditional Chinese calligraphy. This was my absolute favorite part of class because it shows that there is not only a difference in the way words are written (characters versus letters), but also a difference in the method of how the language is written.