Exercise & Sports Studies + Doctor of Physical Therapy
Class of: 2014 / 2017
Hometown: Amherst, NY
“At D'Youville, the opportunities that you are given are life-changing, and the people that you will meet are truly amazing.”
Life in general is what you make out of it, and I live my life with no regrets. At D'Youville, the opportunities that you are given are life-changing, and the people that you will meet are truly amazing.
The great aspect of being at a smaller school like D’Youville is that when you do get involved your voice will be more easily heard and your opinion matters. My freshmen year I was involved in the Student Ambassador organization. In my honest opinion it is one of the best ways to show your school pride and give back to the incoming and prospective students. While professors, counselors, school administrators, and even the dean themselves can give powerful speeches that make their school look as if it is on the top of the world, the students that give the tours and work the countless events give you the true day to day life of a college student experience. It is one of my favorite things that I have become involved with since starting at D’Youville because as a student now in college I remember what it was like looking at colleges, and how scary and overwhelming the experience can be. It is nice to be able to reach back to the prospective students and show them that one day they will be at the college of their dreams and that they too will make it. While I have not become involved in any athletics while at D’Youville, I am a member of the ski club, a member of the national honors society, and once I reach graduate school in the Physical Therapy program, I will become a member of the Physical Therapy Association.
The Exercise and Sports Studies/Doctoral of Physical Therapy program was for me the perfect choice. Not only would I still be able to help those recover from surgeries or injuries that they have incurred, but I am still working in a successful field, loving what I do and making a difference in each and every person’s life that I touch. This program however, has taught me much more information than I even knew was out there in the three and a half short years that I have been here. From how you take care of an injury, the techniques that you use in working out, the food that you put into your body, different dietary supplements and requirements, the guidelines that collegiate and professional athletes need to maintain and abide by in order to compete, and down to the food that you eat each day. This program truly teaches you about the inside and outside of your body and how the little things such as the dietary and exercise patterns that you regularly engage in can affect you days, weeks, years, and decades down the road. The knowledge that I have gained and shared with my peers, family, and friends just on nutrition and injuries alone in these three short years is incredible and I have not even begun my studies into the Physical Therapy graduate level yet.
The D'Youville experience for me personally has truly changed me. The atmosphere here is that of a family. Professors know their students more than just based on their id number. They get to know you on a much more personal level and are willing to bend over backwards to help and see you succeed. The college is well known in the medical field professions on a national level so if you put the effort in the possibilities are endless. As I said in the beginning I live my life with no regrets and D’Youville is no exception to that statement. In fact, choosing to attend D’Youville was one of the best decisions that I have made my entire life.
Exercise and Sports Studies + Doctor of Physical Therapy