What made you choose this major?
I switched majors part way through my sophomore year here at Carroll. I’d always debated going into business or education, but never really had a strong feeling one way or the other. I had recently got into coaching youth sports when I realized that physical education was the route that was right for me. Having the ability to work with the younger population and encourage lifelong physical activity is something that I can be proud of.
How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?
Throughout the physical education program, students have the ability to practice writing lesson plans and then putting them to the test. Over the course of my time at Carroll, I have had several opportunities to get in front of my peers and run through lesson plans to get real-time feedback. Students are also able to grow their personal library of activities that can be used throughout different units once employed.
What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?
Small class sizes and personal attention from faculty were some of the major selling points when I was first looking at colleges. Professor Steve Dannhoff is one person who has always been willing to go out of his way to do what he can to help his students. On several occasions, Professor Dannhoff helped straighten out my academic program schedule as well as review some of my work to help strengthen the content.
What’s one of the most unique experiences you’ve had relating to the coursework for your major?
Having the ability to teach actual lessons to our peers in the gymnasium allows us to practice running our own classroom. This type of experience allows us future educators the ability to gain confidence and work towards our ultimate goal of working with future generations.
How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you’re learning in the classroom?
I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime to play college baseball while still progressing throughout the physical education program. Although time management is a must, being able to achieve success in the classroom and on the field is possible.
If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?
I’d recommend physical education to those prospective students who are looking for a rewarding career that does not involve sitting at a desk all day.