With each class, I’m able to learn more about why we move the way we do, why there are differences between people’s movements and how we can improve.
When did you decide you wanted to study kinesiology and health science?
As a high school athlete, I wanted to know why some people could run faster or kick further, and how decisions I or my coaches had made in the past had affected my development to that point. When I discovered that subject could be entire college major, it gave me a direction to research while applying to colleges, and a pathway to investigating future careers.
What was one of your favorite classes in your major?
My favorite class in my major so far was Physiology of Exercise. This class had both lab and lecture components, which meant that we could see the theory we learned in lecture applied practically in a lab setting. The structure of the class emphasized learning the material beyond surface-level memorization, which is important because many of the later classes in the major rely upon fundamentals learned in this course. The information was also super interesting, which made it easier to study.
Who was one of your favorite professors?
My favorite professor in my major is Dr. Ronald Evans. He’s an extremely skilled and knowledgeable lecturer and makes complex ideas easy to understand. You can tell he really cares about the content and is dedicated to helping students learn. He’s also very open to questions during class and office hours, so if you don’t understand something the first time in class, that’s okay.
Can you tell us about your study abroad experience?
I’ve also had the chance to study abroad. I went to Curtin University in Perth, Australia, which has a great exercise science program as well. This allowed me to take three classes that counted as HPEX courses. I experienced loads of things I had never done before, like snorkeling, rugby, mountain biking and driving on the left side of the road. I met people from all over the world and made several lifelong friends on camping trips and in classes. It was cool to see how university is different there (all lectures are recorded and posted online) and how they approach teaching exercise science classes.
Why should someone major in kinesiology and health sciences?
I love HPEX because the information I’m learning adds more understanding to the world around me, and with each class I’m able to learn more about why we move the way we do, why there are differences between people’s movements and how we can improve. The major approaches exercise science from every angle, which means by the time you graduate, you’ll have an idea of all the different aspects of the subject. It’s a fantastic segue into a huge number of different career paths, including but certainly not limited to exercise physiology research, athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, and nutrition.