As a Residence Life Coordinator (RLC), I will be overseeing an apartment-style residence hall on campus while supervising seven resident mentors that assist on each of the floors. I will also be actively supporting students in their academic progress, awareness of self, and awareness of their responsibilities to others. In addition, I will focus on student learning and development, residential program development and implementation, administration and building management, crisis management, student counseling and advising student groups.
Why I Chose Mount Union
The experience and the people! When I first visited campus, I truly felt at home and I knew it was the right fit for me. Also, Mount Union has so much pride. It definitely makes it different than any other campus I have been on.
How Mount Union Prepared Me
I gained a lot of real world experience at Mount Union. I love that my classes challenged me but I had the support of my professors to get me through my academic courses. Having a liberal arts education has truly helped me grow and learn about different areas I do not think I could have gotten anywhere else. I played intramural soccer and worked at the circulation desk at the library. I was also part of the Mount Union College Republicans, Women’s History Month committee, and studied abroad in Alicante, Spain during summer 2010, where I took gender studies courses that supported my minor.
My education at Mount Union helped me prepare for my career by introducing me to internships that help with my networking and gaining professional skills. I interacted with faculty a lot and hearing their insight really helped prepare me for my future in higher education administration. I was fortunate enough to have two internships while studying at Mount Union. My first internship with introduced during my junior year from my law professor, Dr. DeSario, for Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson of the 6th District. I applied and interviewed for the position and was offered to start the fall semester of my senior year, which started in August 2011. During my sophomore year, I attended an informational session about The Washington Center and I knew it was something I wanted to do. Luckily with my schedule, I was able to intern in Washington, D.C. in spring 2012. My second internship was through The Washington Center and I was able to intern for the Institute of International Education in the International Visitor Leadership Program. I worked with career services to help fix my resume with the exciting internship opportunities I had!
Dr. Jamie Capuzza was the most inspirational professor I had at Mount Union. She was extremely passionate about Gender Studies and encouraged me to add it to my Sociology minor. She was always so positive and encouraged students to advocate and stand up for their beliefs. Not to mention, she has a great sense of humor! Dr. Capuzza is definitely one of those professors that has an impact on students who take her Gender Studies classes.
During my transition after graduation, I was a temporary front office assistant at the Cleveland Clinic in the Corporate Communications department. I held that position for two months until I moved to pursue my Master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron, which is a two-year program and I graduated on Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014). My mom said it was the best Mother’s Day gift!
The Best Part of My Job
I love working with students! I learn so much from them and I really enjoy helping them problem solve. I also love working in a team setting and supervising students has allowed me to work with all different types of personalities.
Once a Raider, Always a Raider
I love seeing people from Mount Union and I still keep in touch with a lot of people I met living in the residence halls from freshman year. I recently joined the alumni network and I have attended Homecoming for the past two years. Facebook helps me stay connected as well.
I would love to do a service trip in South America. I have always liked helping people, learning about other cultures and traveling, so that is something I would really like to do and hopefully within the next two years of my life.