B.S. in Exercise Science ‘13
Morris County, NY
Tell us about your background and how you knew you wanted to study Exercise Science.
My interest in exercise and fitness stems from my recreational hobby in flying trapeze and aerial arts. I initially became aware of the importance of physical fitness and injury prevention during my participation in this activity. My fitness regimen has expanded to include aerobic exercise classes, as well. A year after I took my first Zumba class, I became a licensed instructor for this dance-fitness class format. I wanted to inspire people to feel good while exercising and knew that Zumba could be that outlet. I currently teach Zumba and weight training classes at the Hofstra Fitness Center, as part of the regularly scheduled group fitness classes. Additionally, I teach fitness classes to elementary and middle school aged girls at a facility off campus.
What led you to choose Hofstra University for your undergraduate studies?
There were two key factors that led me to choose Hofstra. First and foremost, I wanted to be in the New York City area. I am originally from New Jersey, but have always considered myself a “city girl.” Hofstra offered me a campus setting, as well close proximity and easy access to NYC. Additionally, Hofstra encourages students to immerse themselves in all that the city has to offer through academic and extracurricular programs. The student population size was also an important factor for me. Hofstra’s small class setting was a great fit for my learning style and allowed me to form relationships with professors on a personal level.
What kinds of hands-on experience did you gain through the program?
The Exercise Science program offers many opportunities for professional development. During my Practicum class, I trained clients who were looking to visit the gym with a personal trainer. At the start of this class, I assessed my clients based on previous exercise experience, movement patterns, and individual goals. Throughout the semester, I met with each of these clients two times per week at the Hofstra Fitness Center and led them through personal training sessions. Now in my final semester, I am interning at two different locations. The first is a cardiac rehabilitation facility, which services outpatient heart patients in recovery from medical procedures. My duties include assisting patients with equipment use, monitoring blood pressure, and leading weight training segments of class. The second internship is with a nutritionist, who is actually a Hofstra Alumnus. Here, I observe client counseling sessions and coordinate community events to educate about nutrition, exercise, and wellness.
Were you active in any Hofstra student organizations?
Since my freshman year, I have been an active participant in Hofstra Hillel. Through this Jewish organization, I have met many friends and have participated in events including weekly Friday night Shabbat, Jewcy Sushi, and holiday observances and celebrations. I am also active in Hofstra’s Yoga Club. Relaxation and stress-relief is such an important aspect for the college population. I enjoy attending the classes led by the club President, as well as learning from guest speakers. Another highlight of my time at Hofstra was being chosen as a Presidential Debate Volunteer; this was one of the most meaningful experiences that I have had as a undergrad. Not only was I involved in the organization and facilitation at the Credentialing Center, but I also got the opportunity to attend the Debate, as well. As President Rabinowitz said at the Debate introduction, “It’s a once in a Hofstra lifetime opportunity!” As part of my senior year, I am so grateful to have had this experience.
Did you connect well with any particular faculty members?
Dr. Katie Sell has been my academic advisor for all four years at Hofstra. She has provided me with guidance in scheduling courses each semester and for selecting my internship sites. She has also been my professor for three of my major classes. Dr. Sell is very thorough and presents course material in a relevant manner and in a way that connects well with students. Dr. Novak’s Health Psychology course was my favorite class at Hofstra. The subject area appealed to my personal interests and the projects/papers were hands-on and directly applicable to real life situations. After taking Dr. Novak’s class, I was also a volunteer Research Assistant in her lab and helped collect data for a senior student thesis project.
What are your long-term goals?
In an effort to pursue my passions in life, I have been able to combine academic strengths, work experiences, and leadership abilities. Taking the skills that I learn in the classroom as an Exercise Science major, and applying them to my interests while working in the field, has proven to be a rewarding experience. I continuously challenge myself to set ambitious, but realistic goals and I am committed to continuing in a mindset of life-long learning.