Caitlyn Champ

Caitlyn ChampMajor: Athletic training

Why did you choose to come to Central?

I chose to come to Central because it is one of the only schools in the Midwest region with such a dominant athletic training program that also allows you to play a sport at the same time.

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class was Intro to Cells with Dr. Mena because she’s an amazing professor who made the class fun and interesting and taught me in a way that I fully understood and enjoyed.

What do you love about your major?

I love how close-knit everyone is. The athletic training program is a family and there aren’t very many other programs like that.

What are your future goals or career plans?

My future goal is to get a master’s degree in nutrition and market myself to college and pro teams as an athletic trainer and nutritionist to help fully maximize the prevention of injury.

What else are you involved in?

I am a part of the women’s soccer team, I’m a resident advisor in Gaass Hall, I’m the sophomore representative for my class in the athletic training program, and I have an off-campus job as barista at Smokey Row. This past summer, I had an internship with the women’s professional soccer team in Kansas City, and I was following the head ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) and learning under him, working directly with players and staff.

What do you like most about Central?

What I like most about Central is the atmosphere the school has. It truly is an atmosphere dedicated to the betterment of the students as people and as future professionals in the work force.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I once crowd-surfed at a huge concert festival in Kansas City all the way up to the front of the crowd, and they dropped me right in front of the stage in between the guard rail and the actual stage front. Instead of getting mad, the lead singer of the band playing laughed and high-fived me.

What helped to make attending a private college affordable?

All of the little scholarships I applied for and received are really what made a private college affordable. Just $500 here and there really added up to a substantial amount of money. Central was a good financial investment for me because a liberal arts degree shows you’re more passionate about learning and that you worked to put yourself into the best possible position to be able to obtain future goals.

Do you have advice for students choosing a college?

My best advice for anyone trying to choose a college would be to physically go to the campus of the schools you’re looking at. You never really know if it’s a good fit for you or if you like the atmosphere and everything until you’re actually on campus.