By Emilio Martinez '20
It’s hard to believe I’m already in my final year at Mount Union. Looking back on the last four years, one word seems to perfectly summarize my experience…evolution.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, I am the first person in my family to pursue a college degree. In high school, I didn’t take academics very seriously. I aspired to play college football, but I had no idea where. Thanks to the Mount Union coaches who recruited me, though, I remember my first visit to campus vividly – it was a beautiful fall day, the leaves were in full color, and I knew, then and there, that I never wanted to leave.
Mount has changed everything for me. I have discovered my passion for exercise science, even reading manuscripts and procedures … for fun! I have developed strong connections with faculty members who encouraged me to pursue a minor in entrepreneurship as well. In fact, Professor Mike Kachilla recommended I attend Entrepreneurship Immersion Week with students from other schools, and it was incredible. I came away from that week with a product idea that has served as the foundation for my very own business.
My dad is diabetic, and I’ve often helped care for the wounds on his legs and feet. I always wished that there was a breathable, invincible sock that would help people with diabetic neuropathy. Turns out, it was a need worth pursuing! My concept was approved, and the professors at Mount have been nothing short of amazing in helping me start my company. I am currently waiting on the sock patent and have partnered with the fashion program at Kent State University to develop a prototype. I am well on my way to creating a product that will help improve the quality of life for people like my dad, and I couldn’t be prouder.
My time at Mount has been an evolutionary experience. I’ve grown, developed, and had experiences I never dreamed possible. Thanks to scholarships and financial aid, I get to focus on my classes, my business, and the opportunities that are preparing me for a bright future instead of worrying about how I am going to pay my next tuition bill.