Student-Devoted: What Sets Us Apart

Most universities say they care about students, but from my own experience at University of Mobile, I know there is something that sets UM apart from the rest. At University of Mobile, it’s more than just a slogan; it’s a way of life embodied by each faculty and staff member. The idea that a student can truly be known by his or her professors encompasses the spirit of the university and sets us apart from other schools. It’s starkly different from other classrooms where you’re just another face in the crowd. At University of Mobile, professors take an active interest in your life, and invest in your success.

I began my college journey at a public university – but felt disconnected and alone. It wasn’t until the beginning of my sophomore year that I decided to transfer, after attending Christmas Spectacular (although I have no musical talent whatsoever), and that was the start of a brand-new journey.

My time at University of Mobile was shaped by the professors who challenged my skillset, pushed me to reach my full potential, and helped me to form an entrepreneurial spirit. I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today if it was not for my professors who demanded excellence and showed me how my faith changes the way I work.

As an art major, most of my time was spent in the Alabama School of the Arts, and that was where I made lifelong friendships. Megan Cary, my advisor and professor who taught most of my design classes, did everything she could to invest in my life. She taught me the technical skills I needed to be a successful graphic designer, showed me the importance of design and how it shapes every aspect of our daily lives, and also helped me understand how good design communicates to others.

From an academic standpoint, my professors were dedicated to preparing us for our future careers. The professors are leaders and masters of their craft, but they are also mentors and take time to intentionally invest in the lives of each of their students. As for Professor Cary, she not only partnered with me to make sure I had the necessary resources and information to graduate, but also made sure that I was prepared to step into a job.

Many others share this same UM experience. Through leading by example, pushing us to see us succeed, and helping us grow in our faith, the professors and staff made me feel like I was a part of a team, one that I still feel a part of today.

Even as a working professional, I know that I can still go back to my professors and get meaningful feedback and encouragement. Professors that know me, and my story.

About the Author

Heath Vester

Heath Vester is an experienced graphic designer and serves as the Assistant Vice President for Creative Services for the University of Mobile’s Office of Marketing & Public Relations. He is an alumnus of the University of Mobile, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a Master of Science in Leadership and Communication. Beyond his role at the university, Heath is the owner of Heath Vester Creative, his freelance company where he provides a wide variety of creative services to individuals and organizations.