Exercise & Sports Science Major
Healthy Sharks Wellness Ambassador
Women’s Volleyball Team
NSU’s exercise science program has given me opportunities to expand my knowledge through real hands-on experiences. I’ve had the privilege of working along side of Dr. Peacock and Dr. Antonio this summer performing many body composition tests on latest equipment and learning how research is executed. Dr. Peacock is currently working with me on a study that is testing how an HMB supplement affects muscle preservation in MMA fighters as they are cutting weight. I really enjoy this research project because for one, I get to work with professional athletes, and two, learning how an athlete’s body can go through such dramatic changes (such as cutting weight) and still compete at a high level is amazing to me. In addition to that, I get to see how a supplement may help their body composition and possibly increase their performance, which is almost every athlete’s goal! I love that I get to be apart of this process for Sports Nutrition research and be able to prepare for my future career.
I was also provided a unique opportunity this summer by Dr. Antonio to attend the 2018 ISSN Conference in Clearwater, Florida. This was a really great experience not only because of the impressive research that was presented, but because I was surrounded by professionals that share the same passion for Sports Nutrition as me. This is what really helped solidify the career path I want to take!
As of now, I am planning to study the M.S of Nutrition program here at NSU; however, I am also contemplating the M.S of Exercise Physiology program that will be directed by Dr. Antonio. Either way, I have decided to stay here at NSU for a reason, and that is because of the elite professors that are passionate about what they do, outstanding facilities that allow me to enhance my degree of learning, and of course, because I think it’s fun and genuinely enjoy what we do!
Overall, I am extremely grateful that I have been able to participate in these opportunities this summer, and I can’t wait to see what my last year of undergrad will entail!