Becoming a Raider
I heard of Mount Union due to the well-known status of the Physician Assistant Studies program. Initially, I believed I wanted to follow the path of becoming a PA, but Mount Union opened my eyes; allowing me to grow holistically as an individual. I received the Minority Achievement Award (Manzilla Multi-Cultural Award) and the Dean's Scholarship. Mount Union is a home away from home because it still contains a small city vibe which I had growing up in Ashtabula. Additionally, there are a multitude of different personalities here which presents a different atmosphere everyday.
Advice on Choosing a College
The only advice that I would give high school students is to keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities. At this time in life, it may seem as if everything is coming to you at one time, but take a step back and breath. Open your mind to immersing yourself into things that may not be the societal norm. Whether you pursue collegiate education, a trade, the workforce, the military, or choose to take that gap year.
Picking a Path
I chose psychology as a major after first majoring in biology, then later biochemistry. Psychology best aligns with my personality, as well as my passion in having a diverse set of capabilities. I am passionate about interacting meaningfully with individuals and I feel that psychology is the best major for myself. I would like to have my own private practice in therapy geared towards childhood trauma for I feel that children do not always have the necessary support systems in place for them to effectively grow. Mount Union has done an excellent job in helping me find my path in a manner that is not too strenuous/overbearing.
I participated as an Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) intern for the summer of 2019. Previously, my Mount Union experience has led to working as a medical scribe and networking with influential students. My favorite experience was networking with other students because I had the opportunity to participate in a missions trip to Haiti. Also, I believe my Integrative Core experience has made me a better presenter, writer, and individual. This specific experience has made me a well-rounded individual in today's society.