Becoming a Raider
I had been coming to Mount Union for years to play JO volleyball during my time in high school. I was then recruited during my senior year of high school by coach Fred Brickner on the track team to be a shot put and discus thrower. I did a campus overnight stay and instantly fell in love with the beautiful landscape, the welcoming team, and the "at home" feeling I got. I received the Mount Union Founders Scholarship as well as a few local scholarships that I had applied to from my home community, which helped my decision. Everyone is so nice, the professors are always helpful and know you by name and being on the track team has brought me a second family. I also love how our campus is a "tree campus" so we are constantly surrounded by nature and are reminded of the earth's beauty.
Finding a Path
I chose international business and French as my majors because I absolutely love learning about new cultures and working with people who are different than me. It is something I am super passionate about and hope to incorporate that into a human resources position as I will be able to bring people into my employer's business that will bring about diversity and help people grow in all aspects of their life.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Pau, France. This was not only a huge highlight of my college career but my entire life as well. During this time abroad I was able to travel to six different countries where I was constantly put out of my comfort zone. It was amazing to see how different people can live their lives. It was a very eye-opening experience to get out of the United States bubble and I can't wait to continue traveling and exploring this planet! I believe that having an education that requires you to take courses outside of your major or minor is essential for being the best version of yourself that you can offer to an employer. By being part of the Integrative Core, not only has my confidence grown in myself as well as speaking out about my beliefs, I am a more rounded student as well which gives me an edge over other students who do not have the opportunity to participate in such a program.
Advice to High School Seniors
My advice would be to get out of your comfort zone and to apply to colleges that are in a new town with new people. You will have so many more opportunities to grow when you are forced to constantly be exploring and making new friends.
My ultimate career goal would be a global human resource manager. If I could work for an international company that would give me the opportunity to work with foreigners and travel, then all my dreams would be made! Mount Union has given me the courses that I need to succeed in human resources as well as international business, in addition to supporting and helping me through my entire study abroad experience which has given me the fire to want to work abroad.