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Holly Redman '12

The Opportunist

BS in Exercise Physiology and Psychology

According to Holly Redman, The College at Brockport has given her the opportunity to pursue many different interests and discover others.

"It is what you make of it. There are so many opportunities, you just have to take advantage of them."

Holly began college at the University of Rochester studying psychology before realizing she wanted to pursue physical therapy. She then transferred to Brockport because of the opportunities available to her in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education.

"I'd always been interested in health, and thought I would become some sort of doctor. This changed when I realized that I didn't want to enter a field where all I would do is diagnose someone as sickly, tell them to take a specific type of pill, and never see them again. I don't like how impersonal this can be. This led me to pursue a career in physical therapy, where I'll be able to build relationships with patients, help them set goals, and give them the skills to lead healthier lifestyles."

Holly says that her study at Brockport has helped her understand the science of exercise physiology and as well as the physiology of the human body. It has also prepared her to emotionally connect with and inspire patients through different courses.

What she likes most about Brockport is that each one of her professors knows her name. "Coming from a larger university where my professors couldn't recognize me in passing, these relationships stand out to me as exceptional. The degree of personal interest that the professors and other faculty show in their students really differentiates Brockport from other schools."

Holly has also has taken up numerous hobbies on the Brockport campus as well. She plays intramural soccer in the spring, volleyball in the fall and acted in Lysistrata the most recent show by the Harlequins, a student theater group on campus. She also practices, teaches and judges martial arts.

She is a member with Alpha Phi Omega, the largest co-ed nationally recognized service fraternity; tutors cognitive processes and anatomy and physiology at the Student Learning Center, is a peer mentor for new transfer students, and is a member of the Green Leadership Program, which is part of the College's Leadership Development Program.

This summer, Holly will be applying to physical therapy school so she can get her doctorate in physical therapy. "Ultimately, I want to perform physical therapy for soldiers in the United States Army. I feel like it would be really rewarding to serve this population."

The biggest thing Holly has learned at Brockport is to be proactive and to make things happen for yourself.

"Life's opportunities aren't just delivered to your door; you have to look for them. If you do, they're everywhere."