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.
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.
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.
As I wrap up another year of college, I look back at some of the skills I have developed at Tarleton State as a Kinesiology student. These characteristics have helped me excel in the classroom, on the field and in life. As a future Football Camp Director, I hope to one day inspire kids to learn these principles early on so they can achieve success.
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.
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 college coach is everything and nothing all at once. You are held to the highest standard. You are responsible for young adult athletes, all transitioning into the real world. You can have the utmost impact on their lives. Four years. It’s all you get. Everything you do in those four years can impact them positively or negatively.
Being a good assistant coach is about more than just knowing your X’s and O’s. Just because someone is knowledgeable about the game does not mean they are a good coach. We often focus on the important qualities of a Head Coach but neglect the fact that most successful Head Coaches have good quality Assistants on their coaching staff.
The Law of Process says that nothing happens overnight. Instead, we must commit to a process to achieve our goals. If we know this to be true and obvious, why do so many of us continue to pursue instant gratification and the path of least resistance? We want results now, but often we aren’t willing to put in the hard work that is required.
The great leaders in history were masters at moving people not just physically toward a common goal, but emotionally as well. How is it that these individuals were so convincing in their ability to persuade others? Some chose authoritative leadership, using fear and consequence to force action from their subjects. However, there are more advantageous ways to convince people to do what you charge them with, and like it too.