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 Featured Student:  Nathan Merhaut 

 

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What’s your intended career path?

I was recently been accepted to Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO.  I will be working towards a Doctorate of Chiropractic as well as a Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation.  My ultimate goal is to own my own practice where I can incorporate Exercise Science, Chiropractics, and Sports Science and Rehabilitation. 

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

I know one of the reasons why I love Slippery Rock University is because I have gotten involved in lots of different things. Getting involved has given me the opportunity to meet lots of people and participate in so many unique programs.  Take advantage of opportunities presented to you, make the most out of every experience, get involved and work hard.  You don’t want to leave college wishing you would have done more.

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

There are so many learning opportunities at SRU; therefore, it is hard to pick just one.  One that does stick out for me has to be the Care Break I went on over winter break this past year to Jamaica.  The trip changed my life because I lived in a third world country for a whole week.  It opened my eyes to how lucky I am to have everything I have.  It also made me more motivated to achieve my goals and make the world a better place.  I worked with children ages 3-15 in their schools, teaching them math, language arts, and reading.  It was amazing how happy the children were each day considering the environment they were learning in.

How have you engaged in the ES culture?

Freshman year I wanted to get involved in a couple clubs through Exercise Science.  I decided to join Exercise Science Society and Major Fitness.  Both of these clubs turned out to be a lot of fun.  In ESS I got the opportunity to work security at many Pitt and Steelers games.  I also got a chance to work the Winter Classic when it was held at Heinz Field.  The first time I went to Major Fitness I knew I was going to love coming back.  I have been an active participant since freshman year and have gotten perfect attendance certificates, Participant of the Month, and I got to teach a class.  Being involved has helped me connect with the faculty, make new friends and be fully immersed in the ES culture.

What were your reasons for selecting SRU?

I originally wanted to become a Physical Therapist; therefore, I was looking for a program that would prepare me best for PT school.  I looked at a few colleges and universities but none of them caught my eye like Slippery Rock did.  As soon as I set foot on campus I fell in love with it.  It just felt right and I could see myself being a student on this campus.  I went with my gut feeling and I now know I made one of the best decisions of my life.  I have had such a good experience at Slippery Rock, especially in the Exercise Science program. 

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

The most beneficial opportunity in the classroom for me has been the hands-on teaching style.  I learn very well by doing things as apposed to listening to a lecture.  Almost every class in the curriculum offers an opportunity to apply what you learn.  The professors are always there to help me, but at the same time they push me to become more of a professional.  I know one of the reasons why I will be successful in my profession is because of the professors in the Exercise Science program.

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