During my first year as an Athletic Training Student at Emory & Henry I have grown tremendously as a student. The rigor of this program combined with baseball have really taught me how to better manage my time between classwork, baseball and free time. This program has helped me become more mentally tough when it comes to my work ethic as well, due to the work load and the help that all of my preceptors give me. A couple events that have stood out to me during my time in the program are the football camps I have experienced. Having to balance running around the campus checking on coolers as well as watching the guys practice and looking for issues on the field is pretty tough. I had a multitude of minor injuries that I had to manage during both of these camps. I was also able to see a couple of my first major injuries on an athletic field. This program has really changed the way I view my academics by showing me that school is enjoyable when you are learning about the things you want to do in life. I look forward to being able to learn more about the profession next year, especially learning some things about strength and conditioning.
During my second year as an Athletic Training Student at Emory & Henry I have been able to learn many new skills and practice those skills during my clinical experiences. I think some of the most valuable information I have learned has been on the health side of athletic training. The information that I was able to learn about strength and conditioning as well as sports nutrition will not only benefit me in school now, it will benefit me in my future career. The general medical conditions that I was able to learn and practice evaluating has tremendously boosted my skills in the clinic and my ability to be able to evaluate any condition that walks in. I think the most challenging aspect of this year was juggling baseball, classes, and clinical hours. With the help of one week of football camp over the summer, I was able to finish all of my hours and pass my comprehensive exit exam with flying colors.