Tim Bagnola '16
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Canton, OH
Future Walt Disney Imagineer
Member of the Marching Band, Steel Pan Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Alpha Lambda Delta and Gamma Beta Phi
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
A Family Tradition
My dad, Dan Bagnola, graduated from Mount Union in 1982. It was only natural that I grew up going to Purple Raider football games. On our trips to Alliance, Dad would point out buildings and share stories about his college experiences.
Mastering a Craft
As a little boy, I told my parents that I wanted to go to Mount Union. They would tell me that Mount would be a great choice, but I should wait until I was older to make such a big decision. In high school, I toured many universities, but none compared with Mount Union. I liked the size and feel of the campus, but what really won me over was UMU's music department. I wanted to play percussion at a college level, but not as a music major, and Mount offered so many different bands and ensembles. Mount has given me the opportunity to experience new things musically and improve my skills.
A Welcoming Atmosphere
The thing I like most about Mount Union is the people on campus. When you come to Mount, the atmosphere is very welcoming. I have met many people that I know will be life-long friends.
My favorite place at Mount would definitely be the Peterson Field House. You can go there and play just about any sport imaginable, and you don't have to be on an athletic team to use the facility.
Preparing for Success
I believe the professors at Mount Union set the school apart from other colleges and universities. They truly take an interest in their students. All of my professors know my name and have made me feel that they genuinely care about my academic success. Mount Union is providing me with an excellent education that will help me succeed in the future. My writing, speaking and problem solving skills have greatly improved. I also work on campus, which has really helped prepare me for the workforce.
Finding a Passion
When I stepped foot on campus for Preview, I had no idea where to start or what classes to take. I did not know until I stopped at Dr. Kirchmeyer's table and he suggested that I try a programming class to see if I would like it. I fell in love with it! From that point on, I knew I was meant for Computer Science.
The Art of Science
My favorite hands-on experience so far has been learning how to code in Java and C#. Once I learned some of the language, I felt like an artist and my projects are like works of art.
My favorite class so far has been Programming and Problem Solving II. I learned how to code in C# under the instruction of Dr. Kirchmeyer. Dr. K. made the language fun and easy to understand. His enthusiasm was contagious.
‘Very Cool’ Legacies
My favorite professor is Dr. John Kirchmeyer of the Computer Science Department. I was extremely lucky to have the honor of his instruction before he retired. I remember walking into his class for the first time and he said, “Bagnola? You're Danny's boy,” He remembered having my father as a student! Dr. K is a phenomenal professor and has a great outlook on life. He always exudes excitement for the little things that are ‘very cool.’
A Deepened Perspective
I believe that the benefits of combining a liberal arts education and professional preparation make students better prepared for life after college. Mount Union students are knowledgeable in their respective fields, but they are also given the opportunity to study outside their particular disciplines. Learning outside of our majors gives us a broader understanding of the world.
When I was 15 months old, my parents took me on my first trip to Walt Disney World. I fell in love with Disney, and now, I want to be a part of the magic. I hope that one day I could be a Walt Disney Imagineer. Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force behind the development of Disney's parks, attractions and ships. They strive to push the limits of technology while telling a grand story.
I believe the professors at Mount Union set the school apart from other colleges and universities. They truly take an interest in their students.