CHS Class of 2024 Spotlight: KAAP

May 21, 2024 Written by Amy Cherry | Photos by Ashley Barnas Larrimore

We're honoring the Class of 2024 by shining the spotlight on some of the best and brightest graduates from the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology:

Patricia Giuriceo is entering her second year of UD's Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Patricia Giuriceo

 

Sports Health, Athletic Training major

 

Three words to describe the UD CHS experience: 

Exciting. Challenging. Thought-Provoking.

Why Patricia chose UD?: "From the minute I stepped foot on the Green during my tour, I could see myself thriving UD. I always knew I wanted to study physical therapy or athletic training since I was a gymnast all throughout middle school and high school. I found out about UD's 3+2 Athletic Training Program and was very interested since I wanted to be able to get clinical experience and work in the athletic training room as an undergraduate student. This program showed me that I was truly interested in the profession as I transitioned to the graduate level of the program."

Post-graduation plans: Entering my second year of UD's 3+2 Master of Science in Athletic Training program. 

How did UD prepare you for your future?: "UD has challenged me in many ways academically, which has led to my growth as a student. The coursework, life experiences, and skills I have learned during my time at UD will transfer to my future career and will continue to help me grow professionally."

Favorite academic experience: "Serving as a Sports Health Teaching Assistant this past year and teaching students who are interested in an athletic training career path. I helped expand their knowledge, taught them skills, and allowed them to grow as students and clinicians."

Favorite non-academic experience: "Serving as the Vice President of External Recruitment and helping plan and execute all aspects of Panhellenic Formal and Informal Recruitment."

What does it mean to you to be a Blue Hen: "Being a Blue Hen means having pride, confidence, and curiosity. During my time at the University of Delaware, I have grown as a person and leader."

Senior Lexi Keefe, a sports health major (Photo submitted by Lexi Keefe)

Lexi Keefe 

 

Sports Health, Athletic Training major

 

Three words to describe the UD CHS experience: 

Life-changing. Fulfilling Rewarding

Why Lexi chose UD?: "I loved UD's campus and the personalities on the campus. I chose the Sports Health major because I have a passion for helping athletes."

Post-graduation plans: Staying at UD for graduate school and joining the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

How did UD prepare you for your future?: "UD gave me post-graduate options that I didn’t know were out there. When I narrowed down what I wanted to do after graduation, I worked with my advisor, and she guided me to get into graduate school. UD also gave me real-life experience in the athletic training clinicals. I feel extremely prepared and confident going into my future already having so much clinical experience with UD athletic trainers." 

Favorite academic experience: Spending time in athletic training rooms for clinicals.

Favorite non-academic experience: "Joining Phi Sigma Sigma and taking on a leadership role within the sorority. I served as the Sisterhood Chair and then Vice President and met my forever friends."

What does it mean to you to be a Blue Hen: "Being a Blue Hen means being the best possible version of yourself surrounded by people who help you do so." 

Senior Miabella Lovell, an exercise science major, plans to pursue her passion, figure skating.

Miabella Lovell

 

Exercise Science major

 

Three words to describe the UD CHS experience: 

Enlightening. Exciting. Exhilarating.

Why Miabella chose UD?: "I chose UD because I wanted to join the figure skating team and go into physical therapy."

Post-graduation plans: Auditioning for professional skating shows such as Disney on Ice and for Royal Caribbean cruise lines. 

How did UD prepare you for your future?: "The UD Figure Skating Team built my character and taught me new skills."

Favorite academic experience: Studying abroad in Italy. 

Favorite non-academic experience: Competing and representing UD at nationals for figure skating. 

What does it mean to you to be a Blue Hen: "Being a Blue Hen means being a well-rounded and productive member of society."

 

Erika Scholtz, a senior exercise science major, is heading to Drexel University to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Erika Scholtz

 

Exercise Science major, Psychology minor

 

Three words to describe the UD CHS experience: 

Growth. Inspiring. Happiness.

Why Erika chose UD?: "I loved UD since I was a freshman in high school and knew I wanted to come here. I had plans to become a physical therapist and knew UD’s exercise science program would set me up perfectly for that in the future."

Post-graduation plans: "Heading to Drexel University for graduate school to get my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree."

How did UD prepare you for your career? "The exercise science major set me up perfectly to apply and prepare for graduate school. I have learned a lot about my future degree and career, and UD has gotten me excited about the future."

Favorite academic experience: Making the Dean's List multiple times at UD and getting into graduate school. 

Favorite non-academic experience: "Branching out and joining many different organizations on campus, including the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, the Delaware Repertory Dance Company, and working with the Men’s D1 Ice Hockey Team, where I focused on game day operations, social media, fundraising, and marketing."

What does it mean to you to be a Blue Hen?: "It means lifelong success and strength that I learned and gained from being here. I’ll always represent UD with pride." 

Payton Sremcich, a senior exercise science major, plans to pursue her Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Pittsburgh. (Photo submitted by Payton Sremcich).

Payton Sremcich

 

Exercise Science major, Disability Studies minor

 

Three words to describe the UD CHS experience: 

Challenging. Enjoyable. Eye-opening.

Why Peyton chose UD?: "I wanted to pursue prosthetics and orthotics but was most intrigued by the human anatomy and physiology side of it. This made me choose exercise science as my major, leading me to choose UD since it is known for having a well-regarded Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology."

Post-graduation plans: Attending the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program in the fall to work toward becoming a certified prosthetist orthotist.

How did UD prepare you for your future? "UD provided me with the appropriate undergraduate prerequisites to successfully gain acceptance into graduate school."

Favorite academic experience: Working in the Falls and Mobility Research Lab at STAR.

Favorite non-academic experience:  Being part of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority.

What does being a Blue Hen mean to you? "To me, being a Blue Hen means being driven and forging your path into the future."

Senior Alexandra Lee, an exercise science major, is heading to Northeast College of Health Sciences in Seneca Falls, NY, to obtain her Doctor of Chiropractic.

Alexandra lee 

 

Exercise Science major, Health and Wellness minor

 

Three words to describe UD CHS experience: Discovery. Successful. Rewarding.

Why Alexandra chose UD?: "I chose UD for the College Health Sciences. I want to be a chiropractor, so I felt UD and my major within the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology would prepare me well for graduate school and lifelong learning."

Post-graduation plans: Obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic at Northeast College of Health Sciences in Seneca Falls, NY. 

How did UD prepare you for your future?: "UD helped prepare me by providing me with adequate prerequisites and so much more! I was able to prepare for my future while incorporating hobbies and other extracurriculars. Attending UD has been a highlight of my journey."

Favorite academic experience: Studying abroad in South Africa.

Favorite non-academic experience: Volunteering with Lori's Hands and teaching yoga for the UD Yoga Club and Campus Recreation.

What does it mean to you to be a Blue Hen: "To be a Blue Hen means to be proud and confident in who you are."


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