By Fatima Magana '22
ALLIANCE- When we begin our collegiate journeys, some might be unsure of what career path to pursue. It is completely okay to still be deciding on a major in your first year of college. At Mount Union, there are foundational classes that each student must take which will help you decide what major interests you the most. Fortunately, Mount Union is an “and” school, which means you can study in more than one field or participate in activities that spark your passions outside of the classroom.
The following four seniors graduating in May 2024 are double majors who are exploring different career paths to pursue after graduation.
“Psychology was my first major, but after taking an Introduction to Criminal Justice course, I wanted to switch majors as I found it fascinating,” said Wengerter. “Dr. Kelly Stout explained that I did not have to drop psychology; I could be a double major.”
As a member of the Honors Program at Mount Union, Wengerter has built long-lasting friendships and participated in unforgettable learning experiences. She has held internships with the Alliance Police Department and Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, with in-class concepts helping her thrive in her internships.
“I want to work for the FBI, analyzing raw data to process it to better advise agents,” said Wengerter. “My cousin Nia, who is deaf, works for the FBI. As she has overcome many challenges, she has helped me realize that I can thrive in a male-dominated career.”
“My high school French teacher influenced my decision to further my studies in French, and Dr. Bertrand Landry convinced me to pursue a major in French as I would be able to study abroad,” said Dudack.
Dudack explained that prior to declaring his French major, he wanted to pursue a career in video or audio production, as he currently serves as the on-air director for Raider Student Media (RSM). However, his experience abroad immersing himself in the French culture opened his eyes to new possibilities. Now, he hopes to teach English in France or explore a career producing French media.
“I am also a music performance minor, and I’ve realized that all three of my concentrations are humanizing as I can communicate with people in different ways,” said Dudack. “Dr. Landry helped me view the world in different aspects while my family helps me stay in reality.”
Mia Holt-Hoskins ’24, human development and family science and public relations double major, started her undergraduate career as an undecided student. Although she knew what her interests were, she could not figure out what area of study she would essentially choose to pursue.
As a person who loves engaging with others and helping people, Holt-Hoskins knew that the major she chose would have to deal with communicating with people. Speaking to her advisor once the time to declare a major came around, Holt-Hoskins decided to explore the human development and family science major at Mount Union.
“I wanted a major that is broad enough that allowed me to pursue a job in different areas, so I picked one with such a great mix of psychology and sociology,” said Holt-Hoskins. “I then chose a second major in public relations because I would learn to strategically communicate with people.”
When looking back at her collegiate experience, Holt-Hoskins explains that many people — family, friends, faculty, and staff — have all impacted her path in significant ways. Finding inspiration in those who have crossed her path, she aspires to one day support students the way she was supported.
“Thanks to the Social Responsibility trip, which I have been on twice, I gained service and leadership skills,” said Holt-Hoskins. “I have been looking at pursuing a career in non-profit management, higher education, or volunteer coordination.”
Jodex Soldevilla ’24, German and neuroscience double major, attended Mount Union with aims to be a nurse. However, once he learned about the neuroscience program, he became intrigued; he learned that many psychology courses he took in high school would serve as prerequisites for the major.
Once a student, Soldevilla took an introductory German course where he learned that he wanted to further his knowledge about the culture and language. He then later realized that his background in psychology and neuroscience would guide him to declare a minor in autism studies.
“Dr. Michael Knepp, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development, has guided me throughout my academic career,” said Soldevilla. “Not only is he my professor, but my advisor as well, so he has shaped my career into what it is.”
Influenced by his mom’s impactful career as a family lawyer, Soldevilla declared a second minor in legal studies. Therefore, Soldevilla would like to follow in her footsteps and pursue a law degree upon graduating from Mount Union.
“When I told my mom about declaring two minors, she thought it was a heavy course load; however, she supported me in my decision,” said Soldevilla. “I’ve been looking at different law schools and psychology programs, but ultimately, I’d like to go to law school.”
These students' stories showcase each of their dedication along with the support they receive from loved ones to achieve their career goals. Your dedication can drive you to follow a path like theirs.