I was raised in Monticello, Georgia, your typical small, American town. From the time I entered high school I knew that I was interested in the healthcare field. My school offered a Health Occupations course which I was part of for all 4 years that it was offered during my high school experience. I am the youngest of six children but because of the larger age differences I grew up more like an only child. After high school I attended a junior college and later transferred to Georgia College and entered the Athletic Training Education Program after completing a massage therapy program through American Professional Institute.
One of my favorite hobbies is weightlifting. I began working out and being more aware of my nutrition early in high school and it has been one of the constants in my life since. I was even going through the summer workouts and practices for football but I never made it to the season because I decided to find a part-time job.
During college, I have had the opportunity to help in a high school setting with athletes from sports like football, cross-country, softball, and soccer. I have also had the opportunity to work with a more diverse population of patients in a more clinical setting at an orthopedic and sports medicine complex. I have found that in my experience with different workplace settings and my clinical settings for the Athletic Training Education Program through Georgia College that I have gotten along very well with the faculty and patients which I believe reflects on my personality and ability to adapt well to new situations.
In the future, I want to be involved with athletic training but I have been leaning more toward the clinical side and possibly physical therapy. I realize the importance of athletic training and physical therapy as a profession. Those of us entering the profession get used to the things we see and know and sometimes forget that not everyone has the knowledge that we do which is an example of why it is so important that we continue to strive to do our best and expand our knowledge in the healthcare field. I know that no matter what I do within the healthcare field I will be happy and successful doing it. I look forward to the day when my time and dedication is evident with the people that I help and come into contact with in the future.