During my first campus visits, Clarkson felt like home. Other schools didn’t have that same feeling for me and I knew that I’d enjoy spending my undergraduate career here. As I got settled and started my first semester, my initial opinion held true: Clarkson not only provides countless opportunities and resources, but the faculty and staff really care how you’re doing – both academically and personally. The other students are striving for success, too, but, at the same time, we’re all helping one another succeed. Clarkson really is a close-knit community.
Danielle Martin '20
I play soccer for Clarkson and one of the first groups of friends I made were part of the women’s soccer team. The sophomores could easily relate to the new changes and the classes while the upperclassmen provided good advice from their experiences. Everyone was open and welcoming.
Last summer, our team took a trip to Portugal where we held a clinic for the local orphanage, played games against local club teams, trained with a Portuguese coach and had fun experiencing the lifestyle and culture there – it is an amazing memory I will have forever.
Clarkson’s acceptance rate for both graduate and medical school is noticeably high, which is really important to me. I’m in the pre-physical therapy program here. While I was initially interested in engineering, medicine was also an area that fascinated me since both of my parents work in the medical field. After I took a few biomedical engineering classes, I realized that I wanted to work with people one on one. I like to see people succeed, which is why I decided to focus on physical therapy.
My biomedical science and technology minor also complements my interest in the function and mechanics of the human body. My plan is to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist and, ideally, work with trauma patients to help them heal and thrive.
I’m really glad I decided to choose Clarkson as my home away from home. I’ve made great friends, had some incredible experiences and know that there’s still a lot more to come.