Bachelors of Arts, Honours Specialization in Kinesiology
What are the roles and responsibilities in your current position?
As a Registered Kinesiologist, the main focus is using movement – exercise/physical activity as a means to improving your health and wellness. A Kinesiologist has a wide range of occupational opportunities depending on your main interest. In my practice, I worked in a one on one setting using exercise prescription to meet my clients goals, and in a group setting offering different types of exercise programs to varying demographics and level of abilities.
What barriers did you have to overcome to succeed?
To become a practicing Kinesiologist, you have to successfully complete your undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (typically 4 years) and become a member of the Professional College. Kinesiologists are considered Regulated Health Providers, therefore have to abide by their Regulatory Body. School is not always easy or fun, 4 years can seem like a really long time. It’s also quite a big change, especially if you are far from family and home. It can feel like a whole different world. I sought supports when I struggled, both personally and academically. I was blessed that my university had an AMAZING Indigenous Services office that helped with tutoring, check ins with the counsellors and navigating university in general. It became a home away from home. I also had my first son in my last year. I’m proud to say I maintained my high academic standards and graduated when I was supposed to. He became my motivator, and a big reason why I finished school without taking the time off.
As hard as it is, it does go by quickly and is quite rewarding because once you graduate you have the skills and knowledge to be able to help the people in your community.
What is your advice for healthcare students?
It’s okay to struggle, to mess up, to fail even. Trust that all will work out how it’s supposed to, and that the obstacles are changing your path to something better. It’s going to be hard work, but you are resilient. When you need it, always seek support. Look into the different options your College/University has to offer, your community supports, mentors, friends and family to help guide you through the hard time. And always remember your why. Staying true to yourself and your goals, and doing it your way will make decisions about your future much easier, but it always comes back to your “why”.
We’re all rooting for you!