Why Mount Union?
I first visited Mount Union through the high school football camp in the summer. I was very oriented in athletics then, but coming to Mount Union truly inspired me to focus on my studies and become a better student. This decision turned out to be the best for me, as I am now learning about a growing field that I love. I am looking forward to a long career in the natural sciences. Also, I receive the Dean's Scholarship and the Mount Union Grant. Both are very helpful to my financial aid. As many know, every little bit helps when it comes to tuition.
Mount Union feels like a second home because of the relationships I have been able to build. The friendships I have made here will be with me for life. It goes beyond friendships with my peers, because the friendships I have made with my professors will also last a long time. That is definitely a benefit that comes with a smaller school like Mount Union.
Originally I was accepted to Mount Union as a nursing major because I wanted to help my community. I switched to environmental science my first year when I realized I can help in many more ways than healthcare. Through environmental science, I learned my great love for the natural sciences and this passion led me to picking up my second major in geology.
Unique Field Experiences
My learning is focused in hands-on experience through lecture and the many labs that come with courses. The most vital learning I have experienced at Mount went beyond the classroom. I have been able to travel to the Appalachian Mountains to look for fossils and sedimentary features, and multiple locations in Ohio in order to do lab work. I was also able to present my research at the Ohio Natural History conference in Dayton, Ohio as well as SCHOLAR day. My favorite learning opportunities are definitely being able to do research. I have been able to take part in and conduct four research studies through senior research for my majors and being a Brumbaugh Scholar.
The Integrative Core allowed me to hone my skills in written and oral communication while making me a more well rounded student at the same time. Good communication and writing skills are invaluable skills for a professional in the STEM fields, and I'm glad I could get the experience with the Integrative Core that I did. My perfect career would be one working to better my community and environment, while being able to teach others. If I have these things, it'll be impossible for me to not have fun. For me, this falls into the field of environmental consulting.
Advice to Future Raiders
I would recommend focusing on the program. You go to college in order to get an education, so do whatever you can to enhance your education and the experiences you have in your education.