(Photo by T.J. Kremer, III)
It is not uncommon for a student to switch their major at least once during their college career. Mount Mercy senior Emily Rummells did just that after some practical work experience turned her off from her original major.
Rummells, a human resources management major, transferred from Kirkwood Community College in the fall of 2011. There she studied biology, with the plan to use that education in the pharmaceutical world. But her experiences in the workforce changed her mind.
“Once I worked in a pharmacy, I realized this is not what I want to do,” said Rummells.
She said she found the pharmacists life to be “redundant” and wanted more opportunities for challenges. With a minor in psychology and her experience as president of the Students in Human Resource Management club, Rummells seems poised to take on those new challenges.
Obstacles in her future profession are not the only things that drive Rummells; she is also committed to offering her time to help bring awareness to social issues, such as juvenile diabetes and sustainability in the environment.
Rummells said she has been active in the past with juvenile diabetes awareness, participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s walk. Rummells said her cousin, who has juvenile diabetes, was the motivation to get involved with that cause.
Another topic of special interest for Rummells is sustainability in the environment.
“I find a lot of interest in ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in the business world,” she explained.
Rummells credited Mount Mercy’s values and principles for her desire to give back and help others. Service and Catherine McAuley were the first two things that jumped to mind when she thought about Mount Mercy.
“Part of Mount Mercy’s mission is service and gratitude,” she said. “Mount Mercy inspired me.”
When she isn’t dedicating her time to her studies and advocating social issues, you just might find Rummells at her church, or with her family and boyfriend, practicing her talent for singing.
During her time at Kirkwood, Rummells was active with the vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz Transit. She said her studies her at Mount Mercy have prevented her from singing for the university, but she remains active singing at her church and with her family.
Rummells said that she plans to enter the workforce following graduation. Although she does not have a specific place in mind yet, she said she’d like to specialize as a human resources generalist, which would allow her the opportunity to deal with all aspects of human resources management.
Once she has gotten a few years of experience, Rummells said she would then like to return to school to work on receiving her master’s degree. Rummells said she does not have a graduate school in mind just yet, but hinted that a return to Mount Mercy could be possible, given her close relationships with the faculty here and the familiarity with the program.
“I’m ready to see where life takes me,” Rummells explained.