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Athletic Training Major Keeps Academics on Top

I chose Colby-Sawyer for its small class sizes and atmosphere. I am from a suburb of Boston and there are not a lot of outdoor activities like there are in New London. Here I have gone rock climbing, hiking and, of course, skiing. I love New Hampshire and may even settle here in the future.

When I think back to my first year, I was very nervous about college, but it was an excited nervousness. I am on the soccer team, so I had to come to campus early. Preseason made for an easy transition because I was able to meet other athletes before classes even started. To this day, they are some of my closest friends.

College teaches you how to balance things. To be successful I had to learn to juggle sports and a social life while keeping academics my number-one priority. If you can stay organized and on top of your work, college will be much more enjoyable than if you are constantly chasing your tail.

My professors are very helpful and invested in my educational goals. They are engaging and interactive, and they will do anything to help us learn and reach success in and outside of class. Most of all, they want to see us all succeed. You definitely want to get to know your professors, because when you graduate they will be the ones you ask to write letters of recommendation for jobs and graduate school.

As part of a clinical course, I did a six-week rotation on the women's lacrosse team. It was a great experience because I was able to interact with the athletes and the Certified Athletic Trainers, which increased my confidence and skill levels.Next up is the internship experience, which should be really helpful and interesting.

If you come to Colby-Sawyer, make sure you get involved with a club, a sports team or in student government.

-Adapted from an interview with Kevin Flaherty '14


Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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