Hometown: Hillsboro, Iowa
Major: Exercise science
Why I chose Central: It truly felt like home to me. My brother and sister both attended and graduated from Central, so I had been on campus a lot before I was old enough to start considering colleges. At the end of the day, what really separated Central from all the others schools I visited was the people. It wasn’t just the coaches and the professors, it was the people I walked by on campus and the players I talked to on recruiting visits. Everyone seemed to take a genuine interest in me, and that was something that really made an impression.
What I like about my major: I not only get to learn more about the body I live in, but I can also use what I have learned to help people in the real world.
Campus activities: I am on the football team and serve as a member of the players’ council for our team.
My favorite classes: Anatomy and kinesiology. I have always been fascinated by the human body, and diving deeper into the specific muscles and ligaments and learning what each of them are responsible for has been an eye-opening experience for me.
My favorite professor: Dr. Huisman. I have had him for both of my anatomy classes, and he was a big reason as to why I ultimately wanted to go into the health field. He helped me to rediscover my love of the human body and it’s many different functions. Dr. Huisman also serves as my academic advisor and has been very patient with me and the many ideas I’ve had for a career.
Have you gone abroad? Central gave me the amazing opportunity to travel to Italy, where I spent nine days with the football team. We played a local team that was interested in learning more about football. Playing them and exploring the country for a little over a week made it an unforgettable experience.
Other Interests: I love sports. Growing up on a family farm has had a big impact on my life. I try to take advantage of every opportunity to get back.
What are your future goals? My goal is to graduate from Central with the knowledge and ability to prepare me for life’s highways and forks in the road. A Central education has given me the confidence and opportunity to pursue many career paths, not just the one that may seem the most obvious after graduation.
Favorite food in Central Market: Oreo Cheesecake
What has been your favorite Central Memory so far? If not the trip to Italy, it has to be our first football game of last season when we traveled to Spokane, Washington, and beat Whitworth in overtime. It was a game I’ll never forget!
My favorite book: “A Painted House” by John Grisham. My mom recommended it to me a few years ago, and I was not able to put it down.