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stephanie head
stephanie head

Stephanie Head '20

Spanish and Biology major

Don't be afraid to study abroad—it will be the best experience of your life!

Education

B.A., Spanish
B.S., Biology

Hometown

North Canton, Ohio

Transfering to Mount Union

Mount Union provided me with opportunities that my previous university did not. Seeing that I have been studying Spanish since the 6th grade and I pick up on it fairly quickly, I needed a new challenge in my Spanish education in college. I hoped my previous university would be able to pose the challenge to me, seeing that they teach eleven languages. However, after one semester, I found myself with no more Spanish classes to take, and I was not permitted to move to the 400 level classes as a freshman. After much consideration, I decided to move to Mount Union—the best decision I have ever made! Here at Mount, I have been challenged to do things that I struggle with. With the ratio of students to faculty, my professors are able to cater my education specifically to me and challenge me to do the things with which I often struggle.

Growing up in North Canton, Ohio, I have always heard about Mount Union. Initially, I did not choose Mount Union. After only one semester at my previous university, I transferred to Mount Union. My professors at Mount Union challenge me and respect me as if I am one of their colleagues, not one of their students. This type of catered attention is something that I did not receive at my previous institution. My professors here at Mount Union are some of the best teachers and mentors I have ever had, and I wouldn't trade that type of education for the world.

Studying Abroad - The Best Opportunity 

In the Fall of 2019, I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain. This trip was the most influential experience I have ever had. I was more than excited to be in Spain and was truly changed by my time there. I have found a passion for traveling and an increasing want to explore the world. The friends I made in Valencia are still some of my best friends—we quite literally talk every day. Being a commuter student at Mount Union, I have been denied the opportunity to live with some of my close friends. Although this has been tough at times, I feel as though my time in Valencia made up for it. Being able to move across the world, travel around Europe for fairly little money, live with my best friends, and truly discover what life is about really meant the world to me. Yes, of course I missed my mom, dad, and brother, but I was so happy to be able to share my experiences with my family. Studying abroad is the best thing you can do in college!

Community on Campus

With the closely-knit community we have on campus, we have strong friendships. Although we may not be the closest of friends, I know that there are people that always care about my wellbeing, both in and out of the classroom. If I miss a class or fall behind for any reason, my professors are there to talk to me and help me with whatever I may need. I have many professors with whom I have had multiple classes, and they care about my progression as a student in the long term. When you have people  who care about you for a long time, you know they're your friend. With the connections I have made at Mount Union, I feel as though I have long-term friends.

Majoring in Spanish and Biology 

I chose Spanish as one of my majors because I am absolutely passionate about speaking Spanish, and I have been since the beginning of high school. When I realized how quickly I was picking up on the language, my teachers inspired me to keep learning and never stop practicing. This past fall, I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain and was finally able to prove to myself that I could function as a bilingual in a Spanish-speaking environment.

I chose biology as my major because I have always been fascinated by anatomy and physiology. I want to be able to combine my love for anatomy and physiology with my ability to speak Spanish. Seeing that I still have a great deal of education ahead of me with graduate school, I have plenty of time to decide what to do.

Preparing for Professional Life 

The Integrative Core has forced me to step outside my comfort zone in some areas of my education. Whether it be 19th Century US History or Music, the Arts, and Culture, my experiences with the work for the integrative core have been enriching and informative. It has helped me to discover new abilities I have as a student that will translate well into my professional life, such as public speaking tactics, or community engagement projects.

My dream will come to me as I continue to work through my education. After graduating from Mount Union, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Anatomy and Physiology as well as a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. I believe there are many fields that I don't even know about yet, so why limit my options by preemptively deciding on a career? No matter what I decide to do, I hope my life will include lots of travel. I want to experience life in other parts of the world (and hopefully live in London for a little while).

Your College Experience 

Make sure you are represented as a student. When you pursue your education, you want professors who understand what it is like to be in your position as a student. College can be quite difficult at times, and a little understanding from a professor can go a long way. You want to be treated as an individual, not as a group. Your individuality is what makes you important, and you want professors and friends that will encourage your individuality and your creativity so that you become the well-rounded student that many aspire to be. Also, find a University that will provide you with experiences outside of the classroom. Don't be afraid to study abroad—it will be the best experience of your life!