Choosing Mount Union
Mount Union has always had a special connection to my family. My mother is an alumnus, making me a legacy. When I was younger, my family and I attended and had fun at many sporting events, camps, and cultural activities. The atmosphere with a rich football tradition and the homey environment of this small university was inviting. I also received the Founder’s Scholarship. College is expensive, and this scholarship helped financially and made it more affordable. The Founder’s Scholarship allowed me to help my parents as much as possible. The scholarship made the decisions to attend UMU easier and much more enjoyable.
Adjusting to College Life
Mount Union is only about 30 minutes from my house, but when I’m here I feel far away. The campus allows you to become comfortable and adjust quickly to a new environment. The relationships formed with friends and faculty will make you feel like you have a second home while you are here.
Favorite Aspects of Mount Union
There are many great things about Mount Union, but I really enjoy the small class size and the individual attention from professors when you need it. UMU creates a strong learning environment that is effective yet friendly. Mount Union also has excellent facilities such as Bracy Hall and the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. Bracy is a beautiful building where I get to take most of my science courses and complete labs. The MAAC is my favorite place to go on campus. It allows you to relieve stress and stay in shape by utilizing the weight and fitness rooms.
Advice for Future Students
The advice I would give to prospective students would to get involved and enjoy the opportunities the campus offers. There are many extracurricular activities outside of academics that you can participate in. This is a great way to make friends and become more comfortable with campus life.
Majoring in Biology
I chose biology as my major because I want to attend medical school after Mount Union. I have always had a strong dedication to helping others and after observing my uncle and other physicians I became interested in medicine and healthcare. My favorite class so far has been Bio 140, The Unity of Life. This class was my second biology course taken at Mount Union and the content was intriguing. We studied and broke down many different topics of life. The course examined biomolecules, cellular respiration, DNA, and genetics. My favorite topic discussed throughout the class was cancer. This allowed me to see real life scenarios and just how complex the human body is.
One of my favorite professors that I have had so far has been Dr. Scott Mason. Dr. Mason is a Chemistry professor and the pre-med advisor. Dr. Mason has been my professor for Chemistry 120, Chemistry 214, and MED 100. The MED 100 course was unique and special to the medical field. Each week Dr. Mason would find healthcare professionals from Alliance that would come in and describe their job and go over plans for us to reach our goals. This class helped me to better understand healthcare as well as strengthen my interest in the field.
Liberal Arts Education
Combining a liberal arts education with professional preparation allows you to become a well-rounded individual. This is an important quality to have in any profession as versatility is key.
My ultimate career goal is to become a doctor and Mount Union is helping me instill qualities such as study habits, work ethic, and leadership that will be crucial to fulfill my dream. After becoming a doctor, I hope to interact with others, showing my patience, kindness, and compassion. I intend to use my medical skills and charitable deeds to help mankind.