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 Featured Student: Karen Siege 



What’s your intended career path?
Regardless of the specific career I enter into, I want to help people become self-confident and increase the quality of their lives by teaching them to take care of themselves. Immediately after graduation, I plan to work in corporate wellness.

What piece of advice can you offer to students considering SRU?
If you want to major in Exercise Science, I highly recommend attending SRU! This program is so much fun and provides so many opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to learn and network. Also, get involved… as soon as possible! Seizing every Exercise Science related opportunity I could at the beginning of this journey and disregarding my fears about not fitting in and failing was undoubtedly the best decision I have made over the past four years.

What learning opportunity outside the classroom has been the most beneficial for you?
I am so glad I became a part of the Exercise Science Society freshman year. I made friends and got to know the professors from being involved in this club; this helped me in so many ways over the course of my education. I also had the opportunity to serve on the executive board of this club for two years; this experience taught me so much about this field and myself!

How have you engaged in the ES culture?
I have been a member of the Exercise Science Society, Run Club and Major Fitness during my education and held the position of Social Chair for ESS. I was an Exercise Physiology Lab Assistant and a Peer Leader for FYRST Seminar. I have participated in both social and professional extracurricular activities such as Exercise is Medicine Initiatives and the ACSM MARC. Finally, I have sought the help of my peers and professors when I have encountered difficulties.

What were your reasons for selecting SRU?
I chose SRU because of the 3+3 Exercise Science to Physical Therapy track. Now that I no longer wish to become a physical therapist, my reasons for staying at SRU are different: The ES program has provided me with endless opportunities for personal and professional growth and I believe that it has more than sufficiently prepared me for my future.

What learning opportunity in the classroom has been the most beneficial for you?
Personal training a client in Senior Synthesis has made me feel confident in my knowledge and skills. Up until this semester, I did not realize how much I have learned over the past four years. After this experience, I am sure that I can handle a professional Exercise Science internship and career!

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