I'm still in shock that I won not one, but three awards this year from the Sport Science department. They help me reflect on how much post-secondary has changed for me and how it's helped to change me; all for the better. I have big goals in life, both academic and athletic in nature, and receiving these awards help me on the path to achieving them.
The Chris Johnson award requires a nomination from a faculty member. When the nomination was read to me, I got a little emotional inside. I've gone from taking a mere three courses in a semester and not participating in on-campus events to taking on a full course load plus volunteer and lab duties while still helping my fellows out.
The Thomas A. Phillips award was, in my own opinion, my weakest application. Today's world sees so many first-world citizens in tune with technologies; it's about using the technology to help or improve exisiting aspects of life and coaching or teaching. Plenty of techniques and visual aids I have used throughout my undergraduate studies will be implemented in my classroom (after I earn my teaching certificate) and for the team I coach.
Finally, the JJ Kent award revolves directly in the coaching world. Ambassadors are selected to help spread awareness of coaches and the role they play in the lives of their athletes. As an athlete and a coach I have many positive stories to tell; but our hope is that everyone has a positive story to tell. Special thanks to last year's coaching ambassador Holly M. for her role in helping to spread the joy of coaching last year and assisting in the selection process for the new ambassador.