University of Minnesota

Kinesiology Student Profile

Name: Ralph Nelson

Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: Fargo, ND

How and why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because of my interest in human health sciences, and my desire to impact people's lives by encouraging healthy lifestyles and providing care for those with physical needs.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

In kinesiology you learn about the biological, social, and psychological aspects of physical activity in individuals and in society. So far my favorite courses in the major have been biomechanics, motor learning & control, and sport/exercise psychology, all with great professors and interesting material covered.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Aside from academic work, I have also worked as a personal care assistant (PCA) for Student Experience, volunteered at Fairview Medical Center in the PT department, and have been a member of the U of M pre-PT club.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

The things you learn in kinesiology are very relevant and applicable to your every day life. This makes classes in the major engaging, relatable, and overall more enjoyable than other classes you've taken.

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