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Megan Hoover '20

Biology major

The relationships you form here are what make this place feel like home.




Salem, OH

Growing Up Around Mount

I grew up near the area, and ever since I was a young girl I remember telling my mom I would one day attend Mount Union, and when it came time to actually attend a university, I still wanted to enroll here and even received the Hartshorn Award Scholarship as well. The relationships you form here are what make this place feel like home, because it is a small campus the people you make connections with basically become your family.

Studying Biology

I chose biology because there are so many things you can do with it in the future, whether it is medical school you wish to attend, graduate school, plan to get a job in research, or a job involving animals/plants. Biology is a fantastic major for me because it combines my love of the natural world and medicine, while giving me a well-rounded understanding of the connections between the two, and I know it has best prepared me for a future career in the sciences. My ultimate career goal/dream is to attend graduate school and obtain my master’s degree in marine biology. After this I plan to work as a researcher studying marine mammals and coral reef rehabilitation. I think it would also be exciting and rewarding to one day run my own animal rescue/rehabilitation center.

Mount’s Impact

I believe Mount Union is best preparing me for the future by challenging me to use my voice, rely more on critical thinking and problem-solving skills than memorization, and to work with fellow students as a team. The Integrative Core challenged me to try new things. I believe it has given me a better understanding of the world and it has given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons. Without it, I would not have pursued French as my minor, and now I am on my way to becoming bilingual, which sets me apart from others in the work force. I love the hands-on classroom learning Mount offers to students; every laboratory I have ever attended for a class has helped me solidify the material I learned in class by applying it to the experiments. It has also given me experience with different machinery as well as laboratory techniques and knowledge of safety precautions.

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