My college career began at Montgomery College (MC). I started out as a general studies major and at the time, I had no idea what I wanted to study. It was not until I attended an academics fair at MC that I discovered exercise science and their transfer program with Salisbury University at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). My passion for athletics manifested into my love for exercise and promoting healthy lifestyles, which made the field of exercise science the perfect ﬁt for me.
After graduating from MC, my mind was set on pursuing my bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Salisbury University at USG. The program and transfer process was simple and allowed me to stay close to home while obtaining my degree. It was also a ﬁnancially feasible option. Attending MC and completing their transfer program with Salisbury University at USG was the absolute best decision for my academic career. The experience has allowed me to make friends within my program and gain opportunities I did not think I could obtain before. For instance, during the Spring 2022 semester, I secured an internship with Adventist Healthcare in their cardiac rehab program as an exercise physiologist, and I passed the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Physiologist certiﬁcation exam.
During my time at USG, I focused on exploring the healthcare ﬁeld by working as a pharmacy technician and volunteering at MedStar Medical Center during my final years at MC. In addition, I became a student leader for Exercise is Medicine on campus, and served on the Exercise Science Advisory Board.
Today, I can proudly say that I am a ﬁrst-generation college graduate who earned an associate’s degree in exercise science from MC, with honors, and a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University – at the USG campus – with a 4.0 GPA. Following my graduation in May 2022, I will be working at Adventist Healthcare’s cardiac rehab center as an exercise physiologist. In the near future, I plan on continuing my education by pursuing a physician assistant certification, with a focus in cardiology.