Congratulations to our '22-2023 Kinesiology Award Recipients!
Why did you choose SPC?
In high school, I already knew that I wanted to go into athletic training to become
a nationally board-certified athletic trainer. I just wasn't ready for a 4-year university. I wanted
to continue my involvement in athletic training and whenever I saw that SPC had an
program with TTUHSC MAT alumni, I knew that was where I needed to be. I was fortunate
to have the opportunity to be part of their athletic training program to grow my skills
and knowledge in injury prevention, rehabilitation techniques, and acute emergency
care. I was awarded scholarships to lower the cost of tuition that made it possible
for me to still live at home in Lubbock and commute to the main campus in Levelland.
Once I got to SPC and interacted with the professors, I felt like I was getting more
one on one education which made me feel like I could openly communicate with my professors.
What advice would you give incoming students?
Earn an associate's degree. Community college is a great place to enroll in different
courses and find what you could be interested in. It is meant for anyone and everyone
who want to further their education. It's never too late to go back to school and
learn. South Plains College was a stepping stone for me to earn a higher GPA and have
class credits that would transfer over to Texas Tech University to pursue my degree
further. I felt confident going into my junior year already knowing what to expect
from classes and professors.
What is your favorite memory of SPC?
My favorite memory would have to be whenever the Men's track and field team won NJCAA
indoor nationals in 2018. It came down to the last race which was a 4x400 relay to
solidify if we won or came in second place. After the last athlete crossed the finish
line and it was official that we won, all those long practices, road trips, and many
hours spent in the athletic training room felt worth it. It was an amazing feeling
being able to use my skills and knowledge to make an athlete perform to their highest
potential to compete and win a huge title. It felt so rewarding to celebrate all the
hard work that went into the season.
What are you doing now?
I am currently in my first year of the Masters of Athletic Training program at Texas
Tech Health Science Center. Furthering my education has allowed me to expand on my
previous knowledge in the field of athletic training. I'm not certain on what setting
I want to work in after graduation, but I know that regardless of where I end up I
want to be a great health care professional.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of? Why?
Earning a bachelors in Kinesiology out TTU. I was accepted into graduate school upon
graduating in December of 2021. In my semester off from school, I was able to accumulate
enough hours to sit for my licensure exam and become a licensed athletic trainer in
the state of Texas. Being a licensed athletic trainer has allowed me to work in Lubbock
and surrounding areas to gain experience and the ability to network myself. Once I
earn my masters degree, I hope I can continue to use my abilities to change and make
an impact in an athlete's life. I will always be a proud South Plains College Teas
because this is where everything started for em.