Alexandra is a student majoring in Athletic Training with a minor in both Entrepreneurship and Communications. Here's a typical day in her life and her advice to young women.
Q: What does a typical day in your life look like?
I am a student at an extremely small university in a rural portion of West Virginia. My major is Athletic Training and I am minoring in both Entrepreneurship and Communications. An ordinary day of mine typically consists of classes, doing some coursework, and depending on the day of the week I will have clinical's. Otherwise, I enjoy relaxing with my friends, or doing work around my apartment.
At clinical's I will work the practices and games for a sport; this year my sport is football. I set up the water coolers and the safety equipment down on the field. Then, I will help out in the AT Room with getting the players ready for practice. It's only my first year in the program, so I can't do everything yet.
I keep busy not only with coursework, but with campus activities as well. I am in a local sorority on my campus, Delta Theta Kappa. I attend almost every event that we do. This semester I have been selected to be our treasurer.
Q: How did you choose your major?
As a freshman in high school I had to do a project for my English class where I took a few online Job-Matching tests, then I had to research my results and write a paper on what I thought about them. I think my number one match was some kind of counselor, but one of my other top results was Art Therapy and I thought that it sounded like so much fun. However, after taking a few art classes in school I realized that I have very little artistic ability, which is the main focus of that career. My mom told me that Occupational Therapy was kind of similar, and she scheduled me to shadow one at the hospital for a day. It was cool, but still not quite right.
When I went for a college visit, the director of the program that I am now in was set up, explaining the program. The school was about to start it up that year, and he had just successfully got an accreditation at a nearby school. My parents thought it sounded perfect, but I still wasn't quite sold. I wanted to make sure I'd be doing something that was fulfilling, and made me happy to get up everyday! So I came to school thinking students change their majors all the time, and if I had to I would, too. But I absolutely love Athletic Training. I am so excited to learn these new things, and to do them, and help the student athletes at my school.
Q: What are your career aspirations?
I want to be an Athletic Trainer. Ideally, to work at the professional sport level, or perhaps at a larger university. Both of those jobs require a Masters Degree, so I have a few more years of schooling left to figure out what the best fit for me will be.
Q: What do you do for fun? Favorite hobbies?
I am extremely busy, and being in such a secluded college town, you have to make your own fun. I find myself mostly enjoying just lounging around after my long, busy days. If I don't have a list of things to do as long as my arm I'll definitely want to get out and do something. I enjoy cooking and baking, running, reading, camping, and going to concerts. I love experiencing new things!
Q: What's your favorite piece of clothing? If you have a photo that would be great.
Honestly, I'm not much of a fashion gal. My closet is a weird mix of things. You never know what you'll pull out. My style is my own. We see all four seasons around here, and so I can't really say that I have a favorite.
Q: What advice do you have for girls finishing up high school who are trying to figure out what major they'd like to pursue in college?
Just do you. Honestly. Don't let your parents/peers/partner pressure you into something or out of something. This is your life that you're living, and you are responsible for making sure that you're happy everyday when you wake up. Even if you change your mind five times and it's frustrating, go for what's going to give you back the energy you put into it. We have a student in our program right now who is nearly 40 - they were feeling a career change, and came back to school. Whatever it is that you decide to do in life, stay inspired!