Choosing Mount Union
I chose Mount Union because I wanted a school that was far from home, but close enough that I could go home on the weekends or throughout the week if I wanted. I knew a nursing major who was attending Mount Union and hearing her talk about her experience, I knew I had to check it out for myself. The moment I stepped on campus, I fell in love! I received the Founder's Scholarship and the Buckeye Girls State Scholarship from Mount; without scholarships such as these I would not have been able to attend Mount Union. I am beyond grateful for the financial support my university has offered me.
How to Pick the Right School
My best advice for high school students looking at colleges and universities would be to not settle! Many people tried to persuade me to go to another school instead of Mount Union, but I was set on coming here. I am glad I did not listen to them, and as a senior I now know I made the right choice. From the moment I set foot on campus, I knew it was the school for me! I toured two other colleges and neither compared to Mount Union. I wanted a school where my professors and I could build a relatioship and they would know my name in class. Mount Union provided me with just that!
I chose nursing because I have a strong passion for helping others. Nursing runs in my family and I was always super fascinated with learning more about the healthcare field. Nurses have the ability to make a difference in so many lives. My ultimate career goal is to become a labor and delivery nurse. There is something so special about the moment a baby is born, and I hope to one day be apart of that. I have the nursing professors to thank for helping me reach that goal. They have provided me with the knowledge and skills I need in order to make this dream a reality.
Opportunities at UMU
Through Mount Union I have been given numerous clinical opportunities that I will be able to carry with me in the future as I start my nursing career. I've witnessed orthopedic surgeries, babies being born, a lumbar puncture, and so much more. I've participated in dissections to learn about the organ systems we are discussing in class. I got to perform an acid in the eye simulation during Family Fit & Fun Day my freshman year. Recently, I got to take part in a course called Stop the Bleed to learn about how to provide life-saving measures to people who are actively bleeding out. I think the Integrative Core will make me a better professional in nursing because I was exposed to diverse communities of people, such as those I will work with as a nurse. I now feel more prepared to take care of all different patient populations and provide them with the best care possible. My favorite experience thus far has been either my OB or pediatric clinical rotation. I absolutely love working with kids and I recently applied at Akron Children's to be a nursing assistant and hopefully an RN there after graduation.