Exercise Science Celebrates 2020 Graduates!

Graduates, families, and friends are invited to the virtual department celebration on Saturday, May 16 from 10 - 11 a.m. PDT. Click here for details.

The Exercise Science department celebrates the accomplishments of our 2020 graduates! Here are some highlights of who they are and thoughts they wish to share!

From Renton, Wash.

Nadine Berg '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Jung Kim's Capstone class!

Post-graduation plans:
- Get special needs swim instructor certified and continue to apply to occupational therapy schools.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- If you're even a little bit unsure, talk to your professor!
- Use your resources!

From East Wenatchee, Wash.

Kayli Brown '20

Most memorable Puget Sound experience(s):
- There isn’t one thing, it’s lots of little things each day that made UPS amazing!

Post-graduation plans:
- Take a year off from school to work and gain experience while applying for Physical Therapy grad schools.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Don’t take anything for granted; you never know when it will end. Seize your moment everyday.

From San Marino, Calif.

Ruyuan Cheng '20

Even though commencement isn't happening, I will always remember the support and education I received from the Exercise Science department!

I wish everyone the best!

From Bonney Lake, Wash.

Kristen Cunningham '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- The countless laughs spent with friends.

Post-graduation plans:
- Continue with my job as a kickboxing fitness trainer for another year as I figure out what I want to do long-term.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Stay active fam. You got this!

From Woodinville, Wash.

Kelsey Edwards '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s): 
- Working in the biomechanics lab with friends and an amazing professor!

Post-graduation plans:
- I am continuing to work as a medical scribe next year while I apply for medical school.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Always be yourself. Everyone is special in their own way!

From Bremerton, Wash.

Ethan Goldizen '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Beating Whitworth in football for the first time in 24 years.

Post-graduation plans:
- I will be taking a year off from school to work, coach football at UPS, and earn my CSCS while applying to M.A.T programs.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Live a life that is driven by curiosity rather than fear. Never stop learning!

From Seattle, Wash.

Rachel M. Johnson '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Playing around on campus during the snow days last year! 
- Working as a student tour guide for Admission. 

Post-graduation plans
- Working for AmeriCorps in Seattle next year as I apply for occupational therapy programs.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Find friends that you can study well with. Take chances and push yourself -- the people around you are not going to let you fall.

From El Cerrito, Calif.

Shane Kaneshiro '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Meeting my friends and girlfriend.
- Games (spike ball, pickup basketball, etc.) and hanging out with friends on weekends.
- Numerous Memos runs with Taylor Scarvie.

Post-graduation plans:
- Finish my prerequisites for physical therapy school.
- Possibly intern at Driveline baseball in Kent, Wash.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Time management is key.
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

From Houston, Texas

Jason Leeds '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Watching Dr. Pohl's children run on the motion capture software for sure!

- Also finishing my poster presentation at the ACSM conference -- that was so stressful. 

Post-graduation plans:
- Attending the University of Puget Sound's physical therapy program. 

- Adopting a cat. 

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Eat veggies.

From Kent, Wash.

Veronica Lewis '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Meeting the most amazing people and making fun memories.

Post-graduation plans:
- Attend Drexel University and earn my doctorate in physical therapy!

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Take a moment from your busy schedule and be grateful for everything college offers! Time flies, so enjoy the small moments.

From Salem, Ore.

Tricia Lin '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Getting to meet/getting to know Jung Kim. 
- Being a lab assistant. Shout out to my students and Gary and Kirsten!
- Being on the executive team for the Repertory Dance Group!

Post-graduation plans:
- Continue working at a physical therapy clinic while applying to physical therapy school in the fall.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Don’t forget about “me” time. While grades are important, you won’t perform your best if don’t take care of yourself mentally and physically!
- Join RDG ;-)

From San Jose, Calif.

Julia Marieb '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):

- The first time I went rock climbing and mountain biking were while I was at Puget Sound and those were some of the best days of my life.

Post-graduation plans:
- I plan on working as an EMT in Colorado and then hopefully going to nursing school.

From Madison, Wisc.

Marla Moser '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Being able to study abroad in France.
- Working at Diversions Café.

Post-graduation plans:
- Moving to Colorado and hopefully get a job.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- “It depends.” – Jung Kim
- Ask every neighbor to pet their dog.
- Take ZUMBA.

From Vancouver, Wash.

RJ Quirante '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Playing on the Logger baseball team for two years.
- Being a part of Phi Delta Theta.
- Working at the CWLT as the Exercise Science tutor.
- Meeting, and learning from, all the knowledgeable and genuine people on this campus.

Post-graduation plans:
- I will be attending the doctorate in physical therapy program here at the University of Puget Sound!

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Take it all in and experience ANYTHING that interests you, because it goes by faster than you think.

From Mission Viejo, Calif.

Jillian Stoewer '20

Most memorable Puget Sound experience(s):
- Going to the ACSM regional conference and getting to present my research!
- Or when there was an owl on campus and I spent four hours just hanging around watching it and talking with people.

Post-graduation plans:
- I will be pursuing my doctorate in physical therapy here at UPS in the fall!

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Getting involved in research in the department was one of the most enriching and rewarding things I have ever had the opportunity to participate in.

- Take every opportunity you can and make the most of it -- it goes quicker than you think.

From Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Bryce Ulrich '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Qualifying for and playing at the D-III National Championships for Ultimate Frisbee with the UPS Postmen.
- Performing with top musicians such as Joshua Redman and Delfeayo Marsalis with the Jazz Orchestra.

Post-graduation plans:
- Working as a logistics coordinator for the Northwest Outward Bound school in Mazama, Wash., organizing outdoor trips for the organization.
- Eventually getting to physical therapy school with the intent to study clinical biomechanics. (Who really knows when that will happen though?)

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Get to know your professors in more than just an academic context! They are all wonderful and love getting to talk about things outside of school just as much as you do.
- Also join the frisbee teams :)

From Selah, Wash.

Vance Wood '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
-  Living it up with the boys on weekends.

Post-graduation plans:
- I am attending the DPT program here at University of  Puget Sound.

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Don’t fall behind. Always stay ahead of all your homework or any work for all courses.

- “If you can pass both Anatomy and Physiology with an A, you deserve the world.”

From San Gabriel, Calif.

Stacey Yee '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Getting deemed one of the "twins" (*cough*... thanks Gary). 

Post-graduation plans: 
- I will pursuing my doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC) this fall!

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Make the best out of every moment. Have an open mind and explore as many things as you can because you never know what might pique your interest.

From Seattle, Wash.

Taylor Scarvie '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Games and nights out with friends.
- Being a part of the baseball team.
- Everest

Post-graduation plans:
- Work as physical therapy aid. 
- Apply to physical therapy school.
- Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Thoughts or advice to share:
- Do a little a lot, instead of a lot a little.
- Your college experience is what you make of it.

From Cerritos Calif.

Jenna Llamas '20

Most memorable Puget Sound Experience(s):
- Breaking a sweat while making smoothies at Lillis Café.
- Being a lab assistant for Kirsten and Gary’s anatomy course and helping students succeed.
- Shouting “She’s out!” every time Mount Rainier made a majestic appearance.
- Meeting life-long friends and dancing way too much.

Post-graduation plans:
- Work as an aide in a physical therapy clinic.
- Apply to physical therapy school in the fall.
- Become a pro roller skater and cruise the California beaches.

Thoughts or advice to share?
- When the task seems too tall or the pressure is unbearable, trust me when I say you CAN do it. No, you WILL do it. You will surprise yourself again and again with your abilities.