Why Mount Union?
Initially, I had very little idea of what type of school I wanted to go too. My family and I made the decision to visit because Mount Union was affiliated with the United Methodist Church and my father is a United Methodist pastor. I knew I wanted to play soccer at the collegiate level so the program's interest in me was a defining factor in my decision. I fell in love with the campus and the final choice ended up being quite simple. More than anything, Mount Union feels like a second home because of the people and the relationships I have formed over the course of my college experience. Not only do my friends make me feel at home, but also my professors, coaches, and other staff members who I had the honor of getting to know. Never will I forget the bonds that have been made.
Until the beginning of my sophomore year I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. To a great extend I am still uncertain, but I chose national security and German as my majors because of my love for global affairs, politics, and travel. I was influenced heavily by my uncle who works in the Agency of International Development and my older sister who majored in international relations. Although not an education major, I did take EDU 150 and the experience of observing classes and interacting with students was invaluable. I plan on studying abroad and I am very excited for that experience.
Learning from the Integrative Core
Being a well-rounded individual is crucial in anyone's ability to interact with others. In my field, the ability to form relationships and share information will be vitally important to how successful I am at my job. Understanding a broad range of perspectives is necessary for this to occur.
Advice to Future Raiders
Do not stress! I spend too much of my own life being stressed when really college is one of the greatest experiences in my life. Find a place that feels like home and enjoy every moment.
I would not say that I have a distinct dream career yet. Any job within the CIA, the State Department, or another governmental agency is the approximate goal.