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Reflection on move-in day: Move in day my Freshman year was a day full of joy and nervousness. I was excited to move in to Blessing Dorm as it was brand new on campus and a beautiful building. I was rooming with my best friend from high school and we were excited to meet our two new roommates. We had three cars loaded with family and everything I thought I needed for freshman year. I remember pulling up to the front of the dorm and was immediately greeted with smiles and other people carrying everything inside for me. I'm not sure my entourage of family had to make a second trip to the car. That's when I knew I was going to love HPU. These strangers were so welcoming and selflessly giving their time to make my move-in easier for nothing in return. That selfless giving and welcoming feeling from others never went away throughout my four years on campus.

How has HPU helped you achieve your goals: I could not have asked for a better experience while earning my degree in Athletic Training. As a student athletic trainer I was able to gain hands-on learning experience which was important to me. The program opened doors for me to gain my internship working with the athletic trainer for the NASCAR team, Richard Childress Racing. After graduating I was able to expand on the foundational skill set that I achieved at HPU. From there I decided to further pursue my career as a chiropractor. Maintaining my athletic training certification and licensure eventually allowed me to get my foot in the door with the University of Missouri Athletics Department, first as an athletic trainer, and then as one of the team chiropractors.

Mentor at HPU: Dr. Nancy Groh was an incredibly impactful individual during my time at HPU. She always took extra time to teach us new skills, review things we had previously learned, and never hesitated to answer any of our questions. Dr. Groh's door was always open and she was always willing to lend an ear or advice as needed. The years following my graduation I began to realize how much more she meant to my life as a mentor, and I continue to try to model her behavior with me to my students.

 

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