My Kinesiology classes taught me to lead by example, be passionate about me work and go after the things I want in life. Throughout my experience as a kinesiology major, I have learned how to be a fearless champion and a coach as well as how to brand myself as a professional. Through branding myself, I have learned how to sell my expertise by showing others my knowledge of dance as well as the attention I pay to detail in the skills of a dancer.
Scholars will define Kinesiology as the study of the movement of the body. I on the other hand would go one step further. To me, Kinesiology is about helping others live their healthiest live. It’s about empowering others through the skills and knowledge I learned during my four years as a Kinesiology major.
One goal. All students have that one goal they are striving for. From graduating to simply surviving the semester. Your one goal might be physical or mental. It might be grade related, job related or have to do with your family. It can be a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly goal.
Kinesiology major is faced with the same issue, and that being asked what someone can do with a kinesiology degree. There are common misconceptions as to what kinesiology majors do, however, many of them are very false. Many parents have asked their children what they can even do with this major. What it means to be a Kinesiology major is that we have become professionals in the certain field of kinesiology that we chose. There are 7 different avenues that an aspiring Kinesiology major can choose from, each of which are very different in their own way.
As a Kinesiology major that studies the well-being of the body daily, I pledge to be an example of what it takes to take care of your health and wellness through movement. Being a Kinesiology student means I chose to show others how to efficiently and effectively take care of their health through movement. Because Tarleton Kinesiology has given me hands on learning, I am able to be a better example of the way this is done and help the people around me.
I’ve been a Kinesiology major for six years. Through an undergraduate degree to a masters 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 my college degree. It truly is who I am. It has become a part of me.
My grandfather was and still is my inspiration for everything I want to be in life. He taught me how to be a gentleman and how to take every opportunity by the horns and to take responsibility for your actions. Growing up I never knew what I wanted to be and yet, I had a feeling a career in coaching and molding young participants was what my calling was. As I went through middle school, I had one of the most humble and opportunistic coaches I have ever met. He showed me how coaches should treat athletes and how every player should get an opportunity to be recognized and a chance to shine.
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 has failed, what has pushed me to make it this far is the passion and will to succeed. I could have settled. I could have accepted the hand I was dealt. But there was something more inside of me.
What does being a Kinesiology major mean? To me, at its most basic level, Kinesiology is how you treat others and how you are working to better their lives as well as your own. Within the School of Kinesiology there are many specialties and tracks you can pursue. Each specialty working with the next to better us, the health professional, to ensure that you are supplied with all the tools to better your life.