Getting Ready Since Day One

 

Author: Reece Nicholson

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I’ve been a Kinesiology major for six years. Through a Bachelor’s degree to a Master’s of Science with a focus on health and wellness, there have been many friends and family members ask, “What can you do with a KINE degree?” To which I would typically answer what my future career goal was.

But when I really think about it, being a student of Kinesiology means so much more to me. It is not just a career. It is not just a college degree. It truly is who I am. It has become a part of me.

I’m Ready

Always be ready. This is one thing I learned very quickly as a Kinesiology major. The teachers will call on you. You will be asked to share your opinions. You will be asked to think critically about a problem. Your assignments must be done and ready to turn in on the time. Late work is never acceptable! Since day one my professors have held my fellow classmates and I to this standard. They’ve addressed us all as young professionals and scholars. For some students, this kind of treatment would be uncomfortable and maybe even intimidating, but life comes at you fast once college is over. Being held to that standard since the first day of classes separates you from the rest of the field.

I Don’t Know… Yet

How many times have you answered a question with, “I don’t know?” I had a professor who told us that he would not accept, “I don’t know” as an answer. So one day, I was called upon and I had no clue. Quickly scrambling, I answered with “I don’t know… yet.” He accepted the answer, for now… The following day, I was asked to start class by giving the answer to yesterday’s question. This time I was ready.

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Not knowing an answer to a question is part of life. Being ready to go find the answer and sharing this newfound knowledge with you peers shows maturity. It shows that you are willing to go above and beyond what is asked of you. That separates the average from the great. Not knowing the answer just means an opportunity to learn.

Being a Pro

Being a professional means something different to everyone. For me it means you are prepared for anything that life will throw at you. Being able to think on your feet. Being ready to step up. Being that leader. Having ideas for success and more importantly, having a game plan as to how it will all come together. Majoring in Kinesiology has prepared me for a career in the post-stroke rehab field.  In the rehab field you never work alone, you are always part of a team. As a Kinesiology student, we constantly work as a team. That’s why I know I’ve been getting ready since day one.