Finding Home at Mount Union
I heard about Mount Union through my grandmother, who spoke to a family with a student attending Mount Union and was involved in the arts. They encouraged her to find a way to get me into the Purple Raider family through the university choirs. My family helped me apply for a choir scholarship, which I ultimately received. I would also say the theatre program and the Black Student Union. I have many identities but two of them are my experience as a black woman and a storyteller/actor. I started BSU as a first-year student and I was not used to seeing people who looked like me in my town, so this was a culture shock for me. However, I found my safe space very quickly and I’m currently in my second year as the organization’s social chair, and a member for three. I discovered the theatre program in Fall 2021 when I auditioned for "Pippin" and was blessed enough to be cast. I felt immense love from every actor, crew member and the theatre faculty and have created many beautiful friends and connections. These experience gave my college experience so much purpose.
I chose psychology because of how much I recognize the impact it has on everyone’s daily life. Overall, I learned that being a teacher isn’t just in the education field rather everywhere, and psychology is where I would like to apply my teaching skills. Helping others through hard times and counseling has always fascinated me. I would like to go into Couples’ Counseling or be a CST (Certified Sex Therapist). Mount Union has different classes that correlate to human sexual behavior within the mind and body that applies itself to this practice! I’d love to be a part of someone’s journey through hardships and be an asset to helping someone heal their pain.
Mount Union Community
Ron Holden [assistant dean and director of diversity and inclusion] has had the biggest impact on me because as a first-year, Ron was the first face I remembered from student affairs. He always kept his doors open to me and my peers and helped us through so much. I recognize what he means to my friends as well, which is something that serves as a big part of my admiration for him. As an advisor of BSU, he adds another importance of making sure that our voices are heard when it comes to our organizations’ values and expectations. His drive to promote diversity and inclusiveness is unmatched and inspiring to young people everywhere. If it were my choice, I think everyone deserves a Ron in their life.