Meet Mallory from Kansas City, Missouri

About Mallory - Class of 2015

From: Kansas City, Missouri

High School: St. Pius X

Academic Interests: Business Management, Entrepreneurship

Extracurricular Interests: Softball, Admission, FCA, SOS

Pitcher in an Apron

Mallory Schulenberg is bakin’ up the perfect recipe at Central. The business management major has some big plans for a bakery in her future, and she’s sure Central is going to help her get there.

"Since I was in sixth grade, I knew I wanted to start a bakery,” says Mallory. “One of my teachers asked us to write about what we wanted to do with our lives, and I have always had a passion for baking. There has never really been anything else that could interest me for the rest of my life.”

Choosing Central was easy for the Kansas City native. The homey feel and great athletic tradition she witnessed on her campus visit was a key focal point in her decision process. A member of the softball team, Schulenberg loves her teammates and the zeal they feel every time they take the field.

“It’s hard to talk about because it’s a feeling,” she says of her team members. “But it’s knowing that your teammates are your family members and knowing that no matter what the circumstances are they are all going to be there.”

Her favorite Central memory derives from that devotion on the diamond. As a first year on the team in 2012, Schulenberg vividly remembers competing in the Iowa Conference tournament. Through rain delays and team mistakes, the Dutch found themselves trailing. But the squad didn’t give up that easily.

“We had to beat Coe College twice to win it. And in the game, one of our homeruns didn’t count because we didn’t touch home plate, but we never gave up,” Schulenberg recalls. “We looked at each other, and we just knew that we were going to do this. We came back and won the first game and then came back from behind again and won the second game and the tournament!”

Being involved with the softball program has also led Schulenberg to other new experiences. Every Friday, the softball team volunteers with the Christian Opportunity Center. They take to the lanes—the bowling lanes, that is. Spending time with COC members with disabilities puts a smile on her face.  Since starting with the softball team, Schulenberg even straps on bowling shoes for service-learning for a communication class.

Topping off her Central experience, this fall Schulenberg is studying abroad in London. She’s hoping that an internship in an international chocolate shop will help her gain some more culinary experience and insight into the realm of sweets and goodies.

Running a bakery isn’t a typical goal for Central College students, but with 56 academic programs and countless internship opportunities, it’s easy to find a way to make your dreams come true. Schulenberg will attest to that!

“Central really does feel like home,” she says. “Central gives you the chance to do something with your life, and I’m confident there are so many people here to support you in every aspect.”

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