Q: What branch of the military did you serve in? How long did you serve and what did you learn from the experience that prepared you for a career in exercise science?
A: “I served in the U.S. Marine Corps. I did two years active and in a special circumstance, I did two years reserve. The military sparked my interest in knowing how our body works in more detail and why the body sometimes can surpass its own limits.”
Q: What made you choose the College of Education & Human Development to earn your graduate degree? And what made you interested in exercise science?
A: “I choose exercise science because I want to help people get moving, be active and healthy. I truly want to help people develop into the best they can be. The College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Kinesiology and Health is great. I love the staff – they’re great people who are very knowledgeable and very helpful.”
Q: What has been your favorite moment during your graduate program (in class, in the field, etc.)?
A: “There are funny moments with my clients who are also military veterans – when they try to one up me during the sessions (physically or intellectually).”
Q: What is one interesting fact/detail you’ve learned about the field of exercise science?
A: “When you think you know the human body well enough, exercise science always has more knowledge to literally knock you out cold with. It’s not an easy field but I’m up for the challenge.”
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
A: “My plans include becoming a director or assistant director of a corporate health/fitness facility.”