- Athletic Training
Clubs & Activities
Basketball, Soccer, Student Athletic Trainer
How did you choose Hesston?
I was planning to go to McPherson (Kan.) College because of family connections. I started looking at small Christian colleges in the area. I found Hesston and applied. I had the opportunity to play basketball here, which was a big part of my decision to come. My dad, who is a pastor, had worked with a Mennonite community in Canada, and he was a supporter of my decision to go to a Mennonite school.
What activities were you involved with in high school?
I was a three-sport athlete in high school. I played basketball, soccer and ran track. I was also involved with DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), a student business organization and was the state secretary my senior year.
How did you decide on your major?
I had a job-shadowing experience and internship at an orthopedic institute during high school that started my interest in athletic training. My ultimate goal is to be a physical therapist. My experience with athletic training at Hesston has been positive. I spent about an hour each day during the fall semester in the training room with the athletic trainer (Clay Stauffer ’99) where I learned to tape ankles and do other basic tasks. I also helped Clay during basketball games. This semester I am taking his Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries class.
What have been some highlights from your Hesston College experience so far?
I really enjoyed General Psychology class with Dan Harrison last semester. I find myself analyzing my friends from time to time. Making friends and spending time with them has also been a lot of fun. I hang out in second floor Erb central mods often because that is where some of my friends live. We have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs together.
What have been the highlights of your time at Hesston?
I don’t know. Between my friends, sports teams, the training room – there are just too many highlights to choose from.
What were the best parts of your experience in the Athletic Training program?
Being able to watch, learn (using the different equipment including game ready, ultrasound, E stim, etc.), and work under both Clay Stauffer and Marcus Maust, the college’s athletic trainers. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to work with the other student athletic trainers. We learned from each other and always had a good time working in the training room.
Who are the people who have had the greatest impact on your experience? How have they influenced you or helped you along the way?
Clay Stauffer has had the biggest impact with my experience here at Hesston. I have learned a lot from him these past two years, and now whenever there is a new injury that comes through the training room, I have a better understanding of what is going on in terms of evaluation and treatment instead of just looking at the injury.
What are your plans for next year?
I will transfer and continue my education at Tabor College.