Victoria Altomare '13
Job Title: Graduate Student
Hometown: Salem, Ohio
Pursuing a Passion
I am attending Rochester Institute of Technology to obtain a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in medical illustration. The school is one out of four in the United States that offer this program. I am combining both my art and biology degrees that I received from the University of Mount Union to do what I love most – draw.
Why Mount Union
I chose Mount Union because I liked the idea of a small school. I feel like I learn better in a smaller classroom setting.
I feel like the professors at Mount Union really care about their students and want to know them. This doesn’t always happen at other colleges.
Favorite Faculty Members
I have three professors that I feel were always there and supported my dream. In biology, Dr. Charles McClaughtery really went above and beyond supporting me and my goal for graduate school. In the arts, Margo Miller and Joel Collins helped me with the steps in getting to were I wanted to be.
I had two internships while at Mount Union. I had one at the Feline Historical Museum in Alliance for about two years. They contacted the art department at the Mount Union and I heard from a teacher they were looking for a student. The second internship, through Dr. McClaughtery, was designing the historical visual tour at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. Both were wonderful experiences! I learned so much and met some wonderful people.
I was involved in Tri- Beta and Kappa Pi at Mount Union.
Preparation for Grad School
The education that I received at Mount Union taught me the foundations so I could move forward with my education. During my last few semesters, the professors allowed me to focus on what I wanted to do. This gave me valuable knowledge and skills that I needed to advance to the graduate school level with such a specific niche!
I would like to travel and experience the many cultures this world has to offer. I visited Italy in May but I still have many more cultures and countries to visit.
Mount Union has given me something I don’t think I would have been able to find at other schools. When I first started as a freshman, I had the idea I wanted to be a biology major and art minor, however, after some discussion and the guidance of my advisor to take some more art classes, I changed to art as a major. This then led to the idea of how could I combine these two completely different topics into one. My advisor was there again to assist me, taking a personal interest in my future. Without that guidance, I would not be where I am today!
What I love best about the field that I am in is that I am doing what I love! Drawing and art has always been a passion for me. With the combination of science and art, I believe medical illustration is the best fit for me. As of now I have no regrets and am happy with where I am.
The education that I received at Mount Union taught me the foundations so I could move forward with my education.
- What is number one on your bucket list?
- Honestly, getting into the medical illustration field has been #1 for several years and I haven’t replaced it.
- In a meeting with your peers is your phone on the table, in your pocket or purse, left at your desk or in your car?
- Phone out on the table! We are always looking up information.
- What is your favorite movie?
- “Pride and Prejudice”
- What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
- Barbequed pulled pork
- What is your usual bedtime?
- In grad school who knows!
- Do you dance in the car?
- Who doesn’t?
- What was the occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?
- I wanted to be a cowgirl.