What attracted you to Plymouth State’s graduate program? Plymouth State University’s partnership with Lyndon State College and the location.
Where are you now employed? Rocky Hill School and the Cape Cod Baseball League
How are you implementing knowledge gained during your program? After graduating from Lyndon State College in 2003, I entered into the Entry-Level Athletic Training program at Plymouth State University in 2004. During my time at Plymouth State, I participated as a medical volunteer for two Boston Marathons. In 2006, I graduated with a Master of Education specializing in Athletic Training. In 2006, I also passed my certification exam.
Immediately after graduating from Plymouth State, I was able to take an internship with the Boston Red Sox. I had to go through quite a rigorous application process to even be given the opportunity to partake in this internship. Thanks to the education that I received at Lyndon State and Plymouth State, I was one of five individuals to be accepted into the 2007 internship class. That same year, an undergrad from Plymouth State was also accepted into the 2007 internship class. When the season began I was given the position of strength and conditioning instructor and assistant athletic trainer with the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA of the Boston Red Sox). I will never forget the experiences that I had or the connections that I made during that season. After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, the organization even gave all of the interns championship watches embedded with real diamonds.
After the 2007 baseball season ended, I received a job suggestion through the vice president of the Pawtucket Red Sox. He let me know of a job opening for an athletic trainer at the private school (Rocky Hill School) that his daughter was attending. With the help of his reference and the qualifications that I had through my education and experiences, I was hired. I have been the athletic trainer at Rocky Hill School since 2007. For the past two summers I have also worked for the Cape Cod Baseball League (Hyannis Mets). I even got to work the CCBL All-star Game at Fenway Park this year.
What would you say to a student who is considering graduate school? I would want any prospecitve graduate student to understand that the Athletic Training Program at Plymouth State completely prepares you for the working world. You will feel your confidence accumulate throughout the education process. The education, experiences, and connections that you make at Plymouth State will open doors for a multitude of opportunities if you dare to take them.