By: Adam Freeman
As a Kinesiology major, I have learned many transferable skills that have helped me become a better coach. Leadership, teamwork, and always looking for different opportunities are some of those valuable skills. Honing in those skills and putting them to the test in other classes and different activities I am involved with has helped me grow as a person and a leader within the Tarleton community.
Being a Kinesiology major has opened my eyes and my mind to new possible career pathways. As undergrads, we spend time getting to know, and learn from, a variety of people. We are pushed to follow our passions but also to explore new, unknown territories. “Be curious!”, we are told! Nobody has the answer? Seek out a mentor and peers who can point you in the right direction.
As a student within the Fitness, Athletic, & Strength Training concentration in Kinesiology (FAST) I have increased my confidence in coaching and training. I am now coaching the rugby and women's club soccer teams at Tarleton State. As a coach, my role is to help and motivate my athletes. I am constantly stepping out of my comfort zone to help my athletes and to grow as a leader. This thought process comes from the many classes I have taken at Tarleton State.
To me, being a Kinesiology major means stepping up to lead others both inside and outside of a classroom setting. We are all taught that being a leader is more than just telling people what to do. It's about being a motivator. Picking people up when they are down. Making sure that you help those who need it, doing the right thing, and not expecting anything in return. It’s about being a difference maker. It’s about helping others.
Kinesiology is more than just the study of movement. Kinesiology can help change a person’s life through nutrition and exercise. Kinesiology can help athletes perform at the highest level in their respective sport. Kinesiology is the overall strength and conditioning of the mind, body and spirit. Being a Kinesiology major means going out and getting experience in the real world. It’s about taking what you have learned and applying it to help you grow and develop into better professionals. But most of all, being a Kinesiology major is being a fearless champion.