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Andrew McMillen '22

Biochemistry major

Mount Union also has a rigorous biochemistry program that I knew would prepare me for pharmacy school and continuing my academic career.


B.S., Biochemistry 


Alliance, Ohio

Becoming a Raider

I grew up in Alliance, so Mount Union was always close to home. Mount has a great relationship with the local schools and that is how I originally gained interest. I chose to attend Mount because it felt like part of a family here. All the students are nice, and the class sizes were small enough that you could really get to know your professors. You will feel lime more than just a number. Mount Union also has a rigorous biochemistry program that I knew would prepare me for pharmacy school and continuing my academic career. I was thankful to receive the Investment Alliance Scholarship, which just shows the great relationship between Mount Union and local community.


A Second Home

Mount Union feels like a second home in so many ways. All the students are very friendly and helpful. The professors take time to get to know their students and truly care about their education. Everyone around you wants to see you succeed and it is nice to have all the support of your friends, professors, teammates, and classmates. I would suggest that when looking at picking a college, to look for a place that will challenge you while also helping you grow and develop. Find a place that makes you feel valued and truly at home.


Why Biochemistry?

I chose to major in biochemistry because it would be very valuable for me in preparing for pharmacy school. Through this major, I've had the opportunity to start research one-on-one with a professor. The research in organic chemistry has taught me various lab techniques and given me opportunity to synthesize compounds that have the potential to be pharmacologically active. Overall, biochemistry as a major has prepared me academically and in the lab for my future in pharmacy school. My ultimate career goal is to become a clinical pharmacist. During the application process, my advisor was readily available for any questions that I had and even had a mock interview with me to make sure I was fully prepared. I have been accepted into the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED. I plan on going into a residency after that and practicing clinical pharmacy. Mount Union is preparing me for the work I will continue to do in the lab with organic chemistry research as well as continuing to challenge me academically. I am also currently in a class that is working on publishing a review paper on the medication Oxycodone. Writing this paper and learning in this class has taught me about many of the basic aspects of pharmacy that I will see in the future. It is another great way Mount Union is preparing me to continue my academic career.


Experiences at UMU

My favorite experience outside of the classroom has come in the form of labs and research. Throughout my time at Mount Union, I have experienced many types of labs in chemistry, biology, physics, and anatomy & physiology. All these labs have exposed me to hands-on learning in subsets of science. The work in the lab reinforced the information taught in the classroom and gave me an opportunity to practice what I have learned. The Integrative Core provides a holistic approach to learning. It has provided me the tools to look at a problem or situation from many different perspectives. This will really help me in my future clinical work when approaching problems. The Integrative Core has also helped me to learn about many different aspects of life that and given me a motivation for lifelong learning.