My name is Nicholas J. I recently completed my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/pre-physical therapy at Humboldt State University (HSU). My interest in physical therapy started when I was a junior in high school. I had a football weight training coach who would frequently educate me on the physiology, anatomy, and physics of the human body. Among other things, he explained the advantages and disadvantages of eccentric exercises, the advantages to stretching after heavy lifting, and the consequences of over training on the bones. Whenever he got into detail with his explanations, and my teammates’ eyes had a glazed over look, but I was there asking more questions. I knew, from how interested I was in how the human body functions, that I wanted to help other people make their bodies work as efficiently as possible. That is why I am working towards my ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist.
Over at HSU, I acquired many hours of experience that would make me highly qualified for a tutor position. I was most recently employed by the HSU Biology department as a classroom style tutor with 10 biology students. The students frequently let me know how much I help them and how fun I make biology. I am very creative at coming up with memory techniques and games that help the students stay motivated and learn efficiently. In another great experience, I had the opportunity of being an adapted physical education coach in basketball. I chose to take adapted PE as an elective because I wanted the opportunity to have fun with people who often don't get the chance to participate in some of the sports that have shaped my life. Although the experience was challenging, I absolutely loved it. I would always leave with a smile on my face.
After four years of college, I have many study skills that I would be happy to teach to any student under my tutelage. Besides biology, I am fluent in the language of physiology, anatomy, genetics, and kinesiology.
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