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Devan Bater

What do you do for a living now?

I am a recent graduate from Florida State University with a double major in Psychology and International Affairs and a certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Up until recently, I had been interning with the Florida Division of Emergency Management: ESF #6 MassCare and completing my Thesis on reading abilities and substance use in adolescent twin sets. Currently, I am applying for jobs in program management, global consulting, and healthcare and looking at masters programs in Public Health.

Do you think your time at Mount Pisgah helped you to pursue this? If yes, how?

Mount Pisgah has really helped me to become the person I am today and gave me the skills I needed in order to succeed during my time at Florida State University. Mount Pisgah made me comfortable in approaching teachers and also gave me the motivation to go out and look for opportunities to further my education and skills. The classes and minimesters I took during school, also helped me to learn about specific topics that I normally would not have had the opportunity to look at and they also gave me a good idea of what some classes in college would be like. I also found some of my best friends at Mount Pisgah, who I am still good friends with and who encourage me in my pursuits.

Did you ever envision doing this while you were at Mount Pisgah?            

During my time at Mount Pisgah, I found that I had a passion for helping others through the service hours we gained and through the mission trips I went on through the school. The school also offered a variety of classes that allowed me to figure out what subjects I wanted to pursue, as my classes in AP Psychology and AP World History lead to my majors in Psychology and International Affairs.

Where do you live now?

Atlanta, GA

Did you enjoy your time at Mount Pisgah?

Yes, I loved my time at Mount Pisgah. The environment I found at Mount Pisgah allowed me to become more comfortable approaching teachers, gain my own learning styles, and figure out what subjects I enjoyed learning about, all of which helped me during my time in college.  For such a small school, Mount Pisgah offered many opportunities to get involved and gain skills in different areas, as there were multiple clubs, theatre productions, and sports teams to get involved with. I felt that teachers were also invested in the students and truly cared about teaching their material to the students in their classes. I also really loved all my classmates who attended with me.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher at Mount Pisgah was Mr. Whitehurst. I had Mr.Whitehurst for AP US History, AP European History, the Art of War minimester, and Honors World History. He was an incredible teacher who was able to teach vast amounts of information, while still keeping the class entertaining and engaging with his humor and stories. He was also the teacher who prepared me the most for college, as the style of essay writing and note taking I learned in his class was the one I used throughout my time in college.  

What was your most memorable moment as a student?

There’s so many memories I have from all my classes, trips to Sharptop, golf tournaments, theatre productions, and trips. One of my favorite memories was during our 9th grade trip to Washington, DC. The bus rides were long, but you had a lot of time to talk with everyone on the bus. The trip also consisted of so many activities and we were able to see so much of DC in our short time there. I also loved the trips to Sharptop with the entire high school. It was nice to have a few days off of school, while hanging out with my friends and the rest of the high school.

Do you still keep in touch with anyone you met at Mount Pisgah?

I kept in touch with many of my friends from Mount Pisgah and I always run into old classmates. I always would meet up with my old high school friends whenever I was home from school. Even after graduating college, I still find some of my closest friends being the ones I gained at Mount Pisgah.

Describe Mount Pisgah in 3 words?

Engaging. Comfortable. Motivating.

What is your lasting impression of Mount Pisgah?

Looking back, I honestly would not have wanted to attend high school anywhere else. Mount Pisgah had such a unique environment that allowed me to make life-long friends, gain incredible knowledge, and grow in my faith.