Adriana is a current student in the athletic training program at Doisy College of Health Sciences. In addition to athletic training, Adriana is minoring in sociology. Right now, she is in the midst of her clinical rotations at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE). Though she was born in Venezuela, Adriana calls Champaign, IL home.
Here at SLU, Adriana is involved in many student organizations, including her current appointment as the diversity leadership cabinet chairperson for the student government association. Although she is very busy with campus activities, community service and her studies, she still found time to make a trip to the White House to represent Saint Louis University.
Learn more about Adriana and her unique experiences at Doisy College of Health Sciences.
How did you end up representing Saint Louis University at the White House this past summer?
It was finals week for one of my classes, and I had a lot on my mind. My good friend and president of the Student Government Association called and asked if I could travel to Washington, D.C. for President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge at the White House. I was told that SLU thought I would be a great student representative because of my work as the Diversity Leadership Cabinet chairperson for SGA.
More than 400 colleges and universities responded to the request, and 250 submitted the yearlong planned proposal for the Challenge. Fortunately, SLU was chosen to attend the launch of the Challenge -President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge White House Convening.
That is impressive, were you able to meet anyone interesting at the White House event?
I met cabinet leaders who work in the White House, many presidents and higher education administrators from universities across the nation. They kept asking for my business card and I would have to explain I was a student.
What do you like most about Athletic Training?
I like the size of the program and the approachability of the professors. Class sizes are smaller, which makes it easy to get to know your classmates and form more personal bonds with professors.
What would you like to do after graduation?
I would love to combine my passion of sports medicine, my minor in sociology and my love of interacting with people. I see myself working for a non-profit organization with children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, or working in an after school program to get children involved in athletics. I want to use the skills I attained at SLU to help others.
You are very active on-campus. What student organizations are you involved with?
• Diversity Leadership Cabinet Chairperson for the Student Government Association (DLC)
• Hispanic American Leader Organization (HALO)
• Filipino Student Association (FSA)
• Saint Louis University for Undergrad Socioeconomic Diversity (SLU/FUSED)
• Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS)
• International Student Federation (ISF)
• Billiken World Fest Committee (BWF)
That is a lot of student organizations! Do you have time to enjoy the City of St. Louis?
Yes, there is always some event going on every weekend. I like all the festivals the city offers. I recently went to the Hispanic Festival of Greater St. Louis.
Each student at Doisy College is assigned a faculty mentor, do you like having a faculty mentor?
It is impactful to have a faculty mentor because you have someone who understands where you are in the program and can easily help you out.
Would you recommend Doisy College of Health Sciences to a prospective student?
Yes. I realize how spoiled I am. All of my classes are in one building, and I have access to top-of-the-line classrooms and resources at Doisy College. There are also a lot of food options on the Medical Center campus, which is nice. I like how all of the allied health professions are housed in one building. We take classes together, learn together and with the Interprofessional Education Program (IPE), we learn how to work together. There is a large support system that is nice to have as a student.
Now, why would you recommend the Athletic Training Program?
The Athletic Training program has so much to offer. The program is still new and growing, which gives you so much potential as a student. I like that faculty focus on individual learning and being very personal. I feel that I am making a difference in the program and vice-versa. Athletic training is a new profession in general and there are a lot of possibilities to mold your career.
Do you have any parting words for prospective students?
Doisy College of Health Sciences prepares you so that when you walk out the doors, you are ready.
Adriana was also mentioned in the National Athletic Trainers' Association News. Click here to view.