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Katlyn Zurbrugg '24

Chemistry major

I believe the Integrative Core at Mount will make me a better professional in my field because as an optometrist, I must be able to speak to people clearly every day.

Education

B.S., Chemistry 

Hometown

Alliance, Ohio

Growing Up with Mount Union

I was exposed to Mount Union at a very young age since I live just about three blocks away. I love that it's so close to home because if I ever need to visit my family, they're right there. I ultimately chose to go to Mount because I was already so familiar with the campus, and it felt like home. I have walked this campus countless times throughout my childhood and I have grown attached to the campus. I have so many memories from walking my dog, to riding bikes with my brother and dad. It's amazing. I am a graduate of Alliance High School I was offered one of fifteen scholarships that are made available to AHS graduates called the Investment Alliance Award. I also receive a yearly scholarship called the John and Roene Klusch Renewable Scholarship from the AHS Foundation that works to fund the secondary education of AHS graduates.

 

Why Chemistry?

I chose chemistry as my major because I had an amazing chemistry teacher in high school that invigorated my passion for it. I always knew I wanted to do something that pertained to science when I grew up, but I wasn't sure what. I decided later that I wanted to be an optometrist, but I still needed an undergraduate major before I could move on to graduate school. Since I had such an amazing experience in high school in chemistry, I decided I would major in chemistry. As a chemistry major, I go to in person lab every week for multiple science classes a week. I believe these hands-on experiences really give me the opportunity to let the material sink into the point that I can understand the lesson.

 

Career Goals

My goal is to become an optometrist or eye doctor. Mount Union is preparing me for this because about 80% of Mount Union graduates are accepted into medical graduate program. Knowing Mount's past achievements, as well as the challenging courses built to make students put maximum effort into learning, I know that I will be well equipped when entering the work force. I believe the Integrative Core at Mount will make me a better professional in my field because as an optometrist I must be able to speak to people clearly every day. Part of the integrative core is presenting directly to our classmates something we have studied over the semester. This is a helpful tool for the work force in general, but by being an optometrist, I need to communicate effortlessly to my patients which the integrative core helps me learn to do.