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Spotlight on Student Jenna Schwartz

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Jenna Schwartz

Q: Where are you originally from? How long have you lived in Lexington?

A: I am originally from Hilton Head Island, S.C. I was born and raised there, but decided that I wanted to get away for college. I moved to Lexington seven years ago to start my undergraduate career at UK and have been here ever since.

Q: What is your program of study?

A: I finished my bachelor’s in kinesiology and health promotion at UK in May of 2009. I recently finished my master’s in teaching, coaching and sports leadership, with an emphasis in teaching.

Q: Did you always know you would have a future in the field of education?

A: I originally wanted to become an athletic trainer, but after discovering that I would not be able to pursue this career at UK, I began looking for other options. As a child I always said I wanted to be a teacher, which is what led me to the College of Education. When I came across kinesiology, I felt that I would be very comfortable in becoming a physical educator. I really enjoyed all my education classes, and I am very excited to graduate and venture into the schools and teach students of my own.

Q: What do you like most about being a student in the College of Education?

A: The KHP department is a small part of the College of Education and I feel we are all very close. Since I have been in this department for seven years now, I feel like this is my family. When coming to UK I didn’t know very many people, so becoming close with the people from the College of Education has made my experience at Kentucky excellent.

Q: What’s one memorable experience you have been a part of while being a student at UK?

A: Coming to UK in general has been a memorable experience. Hilton Head is so small and you know everyone. Coming to UK, it was all a new experience and there were new people to meet. I got to meet so many great people, and becoming involved with many different activities around campus. Through becoming an Ambassador for the college, I got to meet many influential people in the educational field and become involved with many activities around campus.

I was an Athletic Trainer for four years during my undergraduate studies. Through athletic training, I got to be on the field at Commonwealth Stadium, got to be on the court at Rupp Arena, and got to work with the cheerleading squad through two national championships. All of these things are so memorable. I find it impossible to think of one thing that stands out as the most memorable part of UK. My entire experience is unforgettable.

Q: Do you have any hobbies or participate in any other interesting activities?

A: I have been working on my thesis and doing another research project with the Health and Wellness P20 labs, as well as serving as a Student Ambassador for the College of Education this past year, so free time was not something I have much of. I do love to travel, and any chance I get to go back to South Carolina, I take it.