Kate Ackner '19, BS Environmental Health Sciences
Hometown: Queensbury, N.Y.
I've known since I was a sophomore in high school that I want to be a physical therapist, so that made considering colleges fairly easy. The funny thing is, Clarkson was not on my radar at first. My dad went to Clarkson, so my mom and I just added it to our tour list to please him. As soon as I got here, though, I absolutely loved the campus. It immediately hit me as a tight-knit and very friendly community. Everyone was so nice. When I toured the Department of Physical Therapy, I was even more excited. After leaving campus, I couldn't stop talking about Clarkson University!
The courses here are practically tailor-made for me. I'm majoring in environmental health sciences with a concentration in ergonomics and minoring in psychology, and I am also a pre-physical therapy student. Majoring in environmental health sciences allows me to do a concentration in ergonomics, which complements physical therapy (PT) very well. Ergonomics is about preventing injury, while PT is working with an injury to make the patient feel better. They definitely work well together.
I'm completely comfortable at Clarkson, which has allowed me to feel even more confident in who I am and what I want to become. I can't wait to get started on my career, but I'm also growing personally. There are so many clubs and activities to explore! I'm an athlete on the cross-country team and a member of the Ski Club and of Colleges Against Cancer. I just love helping people figure things out, so I really enjoy being a tour guide for the Admissions Office. I'm also a member of the Ultravioletones, one of the a cappella groups on campus, and work for the Environmental Health & Safety program.
I believe you should pick the things you love and do them. Clarkson offers a lot of opportunities to study abroad, and, since I plan on applying to Clarkson’s graduate program for physical therapy and then earn my doctorate, I decided that I should travel a little while I can. I'm looking forward to a semester in Ireland. I'll be able to take courses that aren't available here, such as Irish literature and iconography. It's such a historic country, and I'm eager to explore that part of the world.