What made you choose this major?
I chose my major after working at a summer camp I attended as a child. I fell in love with the work I was doing and knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life, which is what led me to focus on the recreation side of my major and pursue camping or recreation services after graduation.
How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?
With the classes I’ve taken in my time here, I’ve learned how to write program plans for many different types of events which will help me in any future jobs I have. I have also improved my time management skills while working on numerous projects at one time.
What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?
My major isn’t very large which makes my class sizes even smaller, and has allowed me to work closely with my classmates and professors. I feel like I have developed a close relationship with my advisor, Steve Dannhoff, and he’s helped me figure out which path is the right one for me to take. He is always there to offer guidance on any problems that I have faced during my time here.
What’s one of the most unique experiences you’ve had relating to the coursework for your major?
For my natural science general education course, I chose to take ENV120: Conservation and Environmental Improvement. The professor made this class really enjoyable and I learned a lot of new information in it, especially during the lab portion of the class where we conducted different experiments including one out at Greene Field Station. We measured ash tree growth in buckthorn cleared areas and buckthorn infested areas. One day while I was there taking measurements I went across the creek to the other side to measure trees and ended up in the middle of an area that had an invasive species of rose bushes.
How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you’re learning in the classroom?
I’m a hurdler on our track and field team and I love being a student-athlete. It keeps me busy and active, and because Carroll is a Division III school I have been able to compete in the sport I love.
If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?
I’d tell a prospective student not to underestimate this major. I feel like it is a common misconception that students in the physical and health education or sports and recreation majors don’t need to put in as much work as some of the other majors. We put in the same amount of work as other students, it just may be in different ways. We are required to push our comfort levels to the limit in our classes like getting up in front of a planning committee to show them an event plan you created.
Why did you choose to attend Carroll University?
The size of Carroll has made it seem really homey and comfortable. Coming here has also allowed me to participate in intercollegiate athletics which has created many memories I will cherish forever.