If junior Tyler Hartley had to describe himself in three words, it would be: “I’m. Really. Busy.”
Besides being a double major in psychology and international studies with a minor in Spanish, Hartley is an athlete, a work-study student and heavily involved in clubs and organizations. Since arriving at Mount Mercy in 2011, he has participated in Drama Club, Spanish Club, Campus Diversity Task Force, P.R.O.U.D., Improv- Beggin’ for Mercy and Student Ambassadors. He runs for both the track and cross country teams, works at the information desk and is a resident assistant on the third floor of Andreas House.
He views his busy schedule as a way to stay connected with the campus, follow his passions and pursue his future career goals. After he finishes his undergraduate degree at Mount Mercy, he plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in clinical social work. He plans on using his Spanish minor to help minorities in a medical setting.
“A lot of people get misdiagnosed because they speak a different language,” said Hartley. “General health is something everyone deserves.”
His favorite activity on campus so far has been running. He has two tattoos about running: a cross country symbol and a wing coming off of a shoe.
Though running has been Hartley’s favorite activity, he loves the overall family atmosphere that Mount Mercy has. He credits his decision to attend Mount Mercy with the “homey” environment the campus after his initial choice, Cornell College, failed to suit his needs.
Even with a lengthy list of extracurricular activities, Hartley said that his favorite memories at Mount Mercy have been the nights where he didn’t have to do anything. They were lazy nights with no practices and hanging out with his friends.
“I’ve spent nights up until 2 a.m. laughing, and those are experiences I want to share with my kids someday.”
This Student Profile was written by Cassie Paulson, Feature Editor, and was originally published in the Mount Mercy Times during the 2013-14 academic year.