Physical Fitness Specialist
The first time a client told me
that I had helped make her life happier, I knew I chose the right major for me.
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Through her education, Jordan Pennypacker finds purpose.
"There is no better feeling than knowing that I have helped a client improve their physical and mental health, just by instructing them through an exercise session," says Pennypacker, a student in applied health studies: physical fitness specialist concentration. "The first time a client told me that I had helped make her life happier, I knew I chose the right major for me."
"This is a great way to learn firsthand what it will be like to take a client through every step of the training experience."
She can feel assured of her decision through hands-on experiences while still a student, working with real clients in small classes led by interested faculty.
"The professors find ways to make every student understand the material they are teaching and are always finding fun and exciting ways to teach us. ... I am so proud that I have gotten onto the Dean's List for the past two years; it was a great feeling knowing if I really try and work hard for what I want, I can do whatever I put my mind to."
In her coursework, she focused on becoming a knowledgeable and caring practitioner as she worked as a personal trainer for two Penn College employees who volunteered as clients.
"This is a great way to learn firsthand what it will be like to take a client through every step of the training experience," she said. "We learn how to fill out medical questionnaires, perform pre- and post-exercise testing, and how to create an individualized exercise prescription for our client. Most importantly, we learn how to improve our communication skills with the different types of clients we will have to work with after graduating from Penn College."
Outside of the classroom, she tries to make a difference for those making their first encounters with the college as a Connections link, serving incoming freshmen and their parents during orientation, and as a student ambassador.
She's also a resident assistant in the college's Campus View Apartments, one of several on-campus housing complexes, where she further hones her leadership and communication skills while she serves as a role model for resident students.