Author: Phylicia Collie
Norman Vincent Peele, an American minister and author who became known for his work on positive thinking said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” My beginning has not been the easiest, but when everything else failed what pushed me to make it this far is the passion and desire to succeed. I could have settled. I could have accepted the hand I was dealt. But there was something more inside of me.
For a while, there was a missing piece of the puzzle. Something was missing in my life for me to feel complete. My journey at Tarleton State University has yielded many accomplishments. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Communication Studies December 2018. The School of Kinesiology was not in my plans or interest area when I started my graduate program. It was only after doing soul searching and listening to trusted voices that I began to consider it as an option. I would hear a lot about how I could develop as a professional, pursue a career in health and wellness, become a fitness trainer, build influence, obtain a sports nutrition certification, and the list goes on. I then sought to pursue my budding dreams in helping women get back to health and wellness. One Kinesiology class that stood out was the Social Media in Sports class with Dr. Peak. This class has provided me with the tools and resources I need to make my dream and professional career become a reality. It has given me the skills and continues to build the bridge between my communication degree and the ability to impact people’s lives.
Kinesiology classes have answered an inner calling for me. It has given me a sense of purpose, enhanced my skill as a professional, and taught me to be true to who I am. It is authentic and true to who I am. I get to build my audience and impact others. This inner connection causes me to advance from theory to practice and takes away my fears. Understanding the human body and being able to communicate how to improve it will help me share something valuable with others. It will give me meaning and purpose.
Being a professional means understanding your world and what people need. Then, acting as an informed representative to provide for that need. Learning about the body and how it works is now the nucleus. I now have an enlightened perception on how to reach people wanting to be well. The world is hungry. The world wants answers to critical problems. And I will strive to bring these answers to the world stage.