The faculty at Mount is everything I could have hoped for. Each professor in the Department of Computer Science has always been happy to give me their time whenever I have asked. From spending an hour or so in Dr. Weber's office because I had a question about an assignment only for him to become just as interested in finding the solution as I was to having a friendly discussion with Dr. Kirchmeyer about zoos or traveling around the country, it is wonderful to feel so welcomed by my instructors.
Caring Faculty at Mount
The summer before my first year at Mount, I was unsure about what I wanted to study. An event showcasing each department was being held in the MAAC, so I decided to attend. I went to a few different booths including the computer science booth. At the booth, I was greeted by Dr. Weber. I knew next to nothing about the field, so Dr. Weber gave me a concise and informative explanation. After much contemplation, I decided to try out a course or two within the department. Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving I (CSC 120) pulled me in immediately. Possibly for the first time ever, I enjoyed attending class each day. As my first semester went on, I continued to learn and feel challenged. One day after class, I ran into Dr. Weber for the first time since I'd seen him at the computer science booth many months before. Upon seeing me, Dr. Weber said, "Hello, Josh." I was quite surprised. I said, "Wow, I'm surprised you remembered my name." "Joshua Davidson, right?" said Dr. Weber. After hearing Dr. Weber recite my full name after meeting me briefly one time months before made me realize just how much effort he put towards his students. I was very satisfied with my decision to study Multi-platform software development.
Internships through UMU
This past summer, I was able to intern at SenSource Inc. The internship was a very humbling experience. I learned a lot, and I learned that I still have a lot to learn. SenSource is a company that distributes people counting devices for retailers and other physical locations. The data collected by these devices allows SenSource's clients to make better business decisions. This experience was exceptional because I felt like I was supplementing my education. The engineer that I worked under created a lecture series for the other intern and I. In the span of about two weeks, this series touched upon just about everything I learned at Mount in the past two years and then some. This helped me to learn just how important some of the concepts I've studied are in a real business setting. Through the internship, I was able to sharpen the skillset I already had and add some new skills along the way. It was very gratifying to know that everything I am learning at Mount is significant in the real world.
Advice for High School Students
While institutions with the biggest names in the country can be quite alluring, give consideration to your life after higher education (a.k.a. the rest of your life). The experience that will leave you with debt that will take a lifetime to conquer probably isn't the best choice. The aid I received from Mount Union made it the most affordable choice for me. Knowing that I won't have to worry about debt when I graduate brings me great comfort
Ultimate Goal after Mount Union
I would like to work in software, but I would also like to work for myself. Studying software development and entrepreneurship makes that goal very possible. I'm learning how to build software that satisfies my creative desires while also learning how to market myself and build a business. I can be a one man show if I so choose, and that possibility is liberating.