Tim Hatton '12
Major: Political Science/Philosophy
Job Title: Office of Budget and Finance
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
Employer: Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia
I focus in the Public Work Department, Heath and Human Services and the Capital Improvements Program.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
A Valuable Education
I think the biggest value of my education for me is being here. When I got to Mount Union’s campus my freshman year, I saw the Washington Internship Program and knew I wanted to do it. I ended up doing it my last semester, which was hard because I was away from my classmates, but I was in D.C. So I think the biggest value was that program and the help that I received from my professors. It’s one-on-one. I got to know all of the professors in political science and philosophy, and they encouraged me and helped me get here.
My favorite professor is Professor Paul Tidman because he got me into rock climbing and backpacking. I still stay in touch with him. From a personal level, I got to know him very well.
The Ralph and Mary Regula Center
At Mount, I participated in many activities, including the Wilderness Trip and Pi Sigma Alpha, but I am also really proud of being involved in the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. That was really, for me, when I was the proudest of myself along with three other classmates. We were the inaugural class of the scholarship program, so we helped shape it. Getting to know Ralph was a huge honor. He has done so much, and both he and Mary are huge inspirations.
First Job After Graduation
After graduation, I worked for the place where I interned, which was the Potomac Advocates, a consulting and governmental relations firm on Capitol Hill. They brought back interns that did well during their internship and provided at least three months of temporary employment. The guys I worked with were fantastic, influential and had years of experience, but it was also tough love. I learned a lot. It’s also the reason that I’m here.
I got to know all of the professors in political science and philosophy, and they encouraged me and helped me get here.
- What is your favorite place on campus?
- North Reading Room—the very top floor of the library looking over the Mount Union lakes.
- What is your career goal?
- I want to take public service further and run for an elected office. In D.C. I have two options: running for council or the mayor, which can be difficult in D.C.
- What is your favorite travel destination?
- I’m planning a backpacking trip in Russia. I haven’t been there before, and I’m really excited for it.
- What is your favorite book?
- "My American Journey" by Colin Powell. My uncle gave it to me about five years ago. I didn’t want to read it at first, but I picked it up out of boredom and couldn’t put it down. It’s an amazing book about leadership that I can apply in my everyday life. He is a very inspirational and powerful author.