Spartans of UD: Molly Schiltz

Dec 2, 2020

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people.

Molly Schiltz, of Oswego, Illinois, is a senior double majoring in human health science and English.

1. What do you enjoy most about attending University of Dubuque?

"I appreciate how UD’s small size allows for smaller classes. Not only does this help me engage in more fulfilling conversations with my professors and peers, but I feel like I really get to know the people learning around me; I don’t think students and professors at larger schools necessarily have the opportunity we do to form close relationships."

2. Why did you decide to double major in human health science and English?

"I decided to major in human health sciences because growing up I have always known I wanted to enter a career in which I can help other people. I think majoring in human health sciences will put me on track to achieve this goal. I have always had a passion for learning about the human body and how it works, so I am excited to combine this passion and my future career goals through this major.

"I decided to major in English because I think reading has been a very formative part of my development. With this love of reading comes a great passion for writing. When I first began this degree, I wanted to learn more about what careers an English degree could lead me towards. While working on my writing as well as my interpretation of literature, I’ve found it really interesting to learn how both of these skills can aid me in almost all aspects of my life.

"While this combination of majors may seem odd at first glance, I think they are a perfect fit for me and will complement one another beautifully in my plans for the future."

3. How has your time on the women’s soccer team impacted you?

"Being a part of the women’s soccer team has taught me a lot about teamwork and camaraderie. I have learned to communicate with different personalities and styles of play so that we can all play the game we love and reach a common goal."

4. What advice do you have for prospective student-athletes?

"My advice for prospective student-athletes would be to make sure that the school is a good fit for you. It can be easy to be swept up by big plans of what your future in athletics might look like, so make sure you take the time to get to know the school and the team, if you are able. Ask athletes what a day in the life looks like and see if you can picture yourself on campus living that life. Taking the time to fall in love with the campus can enrich your time as a collegiate athlete so much more than you might initially think."

5. Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

"My favorite spot on campus is the library. With the three different levels and tons of different sections, I can find different spots for myself depending on whether I need to focus by myself or work with a group, be out in the open near others, or find my own little nook. I also love how I almost always will run into a familiar friendly face at the library. I’ve even met new people at the library thanks to the open atmosphere!"