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Alumni Highlights

Brendan Lawson'14
Athletic Training Major

"I chose Catawba because I was impressed by the Athletic Training program. In my search, I found other schools' programs were lacking in passing rate for boards and hands-on opportunities. I also loved the way Catawba looked, and I felt at home on campus. Playing lacrosse here was also a major deciding factor. I first became interested in Athletic Training my junior year of high school thanks to a sports-med class I took. My mom is a family physician and my dad ran rescue for several years, so I have always been interested in Medicine. At the same time, I’ve been playing lacrosse for years and so Athletic Training was simply a combination of the two. After graduation, I hope to go on to med school."


Lindsay Smith '13
Athletic Training Major; working on Master's in Athletic Training at UNC Chapel Hill

"I have really enjoyed being a part of the Athletic Training Program at Catawba College because it has provided me a wide variety of opportunities in the field of Athletic Training. I was able to learn so much information about Athletic Training and apply it in a clinical setting. Also, I was given the opportunity to research an area in the field I really loved. But most importantly, the program provided me with peers who turned into a family that I loved and cared for."


Lauren Teodorovici '13
Athletic Training Major

"I wanted to go somewhere with a community feel, and earn a degree in something meaningful and rewarding. The Athletic Training program at Catawba is the opportunity I was looking for. The instructors and staff challenge us in the classroom and in the clinical setting, which grants us with the skills to pursue a number of careers in the allied health profession. I hope to utilize these skills in a future career of Physical Therapy. The students in the program have become a very tight knit group, and we support one another through each and every challenge. This experience has taught me the importance of dedication and hard work, as well as the value of leadership and teamwork."


Kasia Zielinski '11
Athletic Training Graduate; Attending Graduate School at East Carolina University

"I chose Catawba because I felt like it was home from the moment I stepped on campus. Playing many sports growing up, I knew I wanted to pursue Athletic Training since high school. I searched for schools which offered Athletic Training as well as NCAA Division II tennis. Though I knew my career was the most important thing to me, the Athletic Training staff were willing to allow me to play tennis while obtaining my career goals. Catawba was a perfect fit for me, and I do not regret my decision in any way. I could not have asked for a better group of staff and students.I am attending Graduate School at East Carolina University to obtain a Master's degree in Health Education. I plan on working as an athletic trainer at a high school or college in the future."


John Poulos '07
Athletic Training Graduate

"You couldn't ask for better professors and instructors. They challange you in and out of the classroom. The students in the program become a very tight knit family which supports each other through thick and thin. They are given some of the greatest opportunities anyone could ask for, from working with the 19 varsity sports at Catawba, the Chicago White Sox, Doctor's offices, and the rehabilitation clinic."


Tammy May '07
Athletic Training Graduate

"The Athletic Training Program at Catawba College has been a wonderful experience for me. It has given me the opportunity to work with a variety of sports teams, as well as clinical settings within the community. The program does a wonderful job of challenging the students to display their clinical skills as well as leadership skills. The professors do a good job of providing us with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in athletic training or a number of related allied health fields."


Jeff Smith '06
Pursuing a Masters Degree at Old Dominion University




"The athletic training education program helped me achieve all the goals that I wanted to achieve in this part of my life. The program offers many opportunities to students, both clinically and educationally. It is up to the students to take advantage of the opportunities offered. The program is challenging, but challenging in a good way that will help you stand out among other athletic training students. The staff is wonderful. They are always there when you need them to help you be the best that you can be. I don't think I could have seen myself in any other Athletic Training Program."


Cristyn Harrison '05
LRT/CTRS; Graduate Student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Exercise and Sport Psychology; Employed at Murphy-Wainer Orthopedics



"Attending Catawba College was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. My educational experience at Catawba not only allowed me to receive my degrees but it prepared me for national certification exams (Athletic Training and Therapeutic Recreation) and the real world after college. The professors provided me with connections to valuable and influential internships and job opportunities. Catawba College was not only where I received my education, but a place that allowed me to build relationships with my professors, coach and faculty/staff. These influential people became my family with whom I could share my dreams and concerns and always receive support, feedback, direction and references. Not only were these individuals my support group then, but they continue to be important people in my life as I continue to grow and pursue my goals and aspirations."