I knew about Mount Union because multiple extended family members of mine attended the University. I also liked Mount’s location in relation to where I’m from. I’m close enough to go home when I want to, but far enough away that I feel independent.
Declaring Your Major
I think it’s important to realize that you don’t need to choose your major right away. This is the 3rd time I’ve changed my major, and I’m so happy that I found the perfect fit for me with Religious Studies. I was raised religious, and I have always been interested in different religious traditions and the cultures that stem from them, so it’s natural that religion will continue to play an important topic in my life.
I received the Hartshorn Scholarship which definitely influenced my decision to attend Mount. Affordability is very important to my family and I.
Professors as Mentors
Dr. Johnson is my favorite professor because of her dedication to and passion for the field. She really helped me narrow down what I want to do, and she was also my mentor for a project I completed over the summer.
The Integrative Core requirements encouraged me to improve my public speaking skills and learn about new topics. I have a larger breadth of background knowledge to base my speeches and presentations off of, and as I’m completing the requirements, I’m noticing myself become a more well-rounded speaker. I’ve become better at articulating myself and approaching assignments with a more personalized and creative approach.
After I graduate, I want to work in interfaith communications. Mount has really helped me explore my options after graduation. My advisor has offered me invaluable insights as to what is happening in the interfaith community and has discussed how my interests and dreams fit into this context.