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 Featured Student:  Alyssa Cirillo 




What’s your intended career path?

My goal is to gain acceptance into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program in order to continue on the path to becoming a Physical Therapist. At this point, I am extremely interested in working at an Assisted Living and/or Nursing Home facility.

What piece of advice can you offer to students considering SRU?

Students should definitely consider SRU because I believe that it presents a perfect transition. The continuously growing campus offers students a variety of activities and scenery, but does not possess the overwhelming feeling of some city-based universities. I also think that the size of the student population is ideal. At SRU, students always have the opportunity to meet new people while also being surrounded by familiar faces every day. The size also allows for students to form relationships with their professors at SRU, which is something I have truly enjoyed about my time here. Through all of the consideration, students should ask questions because the more one knows about all that our university has to offer, the more likely they will be to choose SRU!

What learning opportunity outside the classroom has been the most beneficial for you?

Last spring, I had the opportunity to travel to London, England with Mrs. Herman and 18 other Exercise Science students enrolled in Group Fitness. This trip presented me with the opportunity to learn and experience the importance of health and wellness in a different culture, while also presenting me with the opportunity to form lifelong relationships with my classmates in a completely different way. It has always been a goal of mine to study abroad and I was beyond thrilled with my experience. I advise every student to take advantage of the opportunity, if they can!

How have you engaged in the ES culture?

I have been involved in Exercise Science Society, Major Fitness, and Pre-Physical Therapy Club since the fall of my freshman year. Last year I served as the Public Relations Chair of ESS and this year I am beyond honored and excited to be ESS President. I am also a FYRST Peer Leader for Mrs. Herman this year. I have been a volunteer participant in the 10,000 Step Challenge and the INACT study. By engaging in the ES culture, I have had the opportunity to not only interact with fellow students, but I have also been fortunate to build relationships with the Exercise Science faculty.

What were your reasons for selecting SRU?

One of the main reasons that I chose SRU was because of the Exercise Science program’s admirable reputation. Physical therapy is an extremely competitive field and I knew that I wanted a challenge, while also gaining experiences that would set me apart from students at other universities. I also love being in a familiar area that is only 45 minutes from home!

What learning opportunity in the classroom has been the most beneficial for you?

I really enjoyed my learning experience in Group Fitness. This course offered me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone while also enabling me to share our, “Practice what you preach,” mentality with others. I am currently enjoying Fitness Assessment and see just how beneficial this course will be to me. It is exciting to experience the role of the professional in administering the multiple fitness assessments, in which I have been the participant many times before. As I complete this course, I am beginning to realize just how close I am to having my very own client and it truly excites me!

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