Choosing Mount Union
I have several family members who are UMU alumni, and hearing about their experiences is initially why I was so interested in learning about Mount Union. After my first visit to Mount Union during my junior year of high school, I knew right away that this was where I wanted to be. The size of the school and its closeness to my hometown were important deciding factors for me. I was initially nervous to attend a private university because I knew it would be more expensive than a public university, but when I learned of the financial aid possibilities at Mount Union and that I had received a scholarship, I felt much more confident that I would be able to receive the education here at Mount Union that I desired.
Making Mount Union Home
Mount Union feels like a second home for me because it has a very calming, welcoming atmosphere that makes the challenges of college much easier to bear because I know that there is always someone who will be able to help me when I need it. My advisor has been essential to helping me adjust to college life. When I have a question about something regarding my major or Integrative Core requirements, I know that I can go to him. I always feel that I am able to genuinely communicate with my professors when I have questions or concerns.
Majoring in Neuroscience
I chose neuroscience as my major because I have always been fascinated by psychology, and after learning about the brain in my high school anatomy class I became interested in learning more about the brain and how it functions. My favorite class as of right now is my neuroscience class this semester. It is a fascinating course, and has reinforced my decision to choose this major.
Dr. Knepp, who is also my advisor, is my favorite professor. The way he teaches makes the material interesting and easier to understand. He is always helpful when I have questions regarding course material and even neuroscience as a field. This semester, I started working as a research assistant in the neuroscience lab under Dr. Knepp. It has been an exciting opportunity so far, and I look forward to the experience it will provide me with in my field.
Learning through a Liberal Arts Education
I believe that pursuing a liberal arts education helps in producing a well-rounded student possessing knowledge that extends beyond their field of choice. These experiences in combination with professional preparation will be beneficial in navigating the real world to find a career. The Integrative Core will make me a better professional because it has challenged me to take courses that I might not have originally been interested in, and has taught me to broaden my horizons and be more open to new opportunities. For example, taking Gender in Disney as my first year seminar has increased my interest in pursuing gender studies as a second minor. I believe that having an understanding of gender and its implications in our society will be helpful in my future studies as a neuroscientist.
My ultimate career goal is to do neuroscience research. Particularly, I want to study mental illness and addiction in relation to brain structure. Mount Union is preparing me for this by allowing me to take courses such as Research Methods, Neuroscience, and Drugs and Behavior, which are providing me with the foundation I will need to conduct this research.