Though Anthony Richardson has spent his entire undergraduate career at UIndy, it wasn’t until he changed his major to athletic training that UIndy became “home” to him. He will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and head toward his new home – Campbell University in North Carolina, where he has accepted a graduate assistant athletic training position and will pursue a masters degree in education with a focus in kinesiology.
Richardson said leaving UIndy won’t be easy.
“Some of the most important people in my life I have met here. I am proud to be a Hound and will truly miss this school.”
During his undergraduate education, Richardson participated in the Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) and in intramural sports. Playing intramurals allowed him to make friends and connections with people he would not have encountered within his major.
“I was able to expand my network by meeting people who have a desire to work in different positions in athletics,” said the Greenwood, Indiana native.
Richardson said UIndy’s athletic training faculty and an extensive list of clinical training sites have set him up for success. His training sites included Indy Eleven, Indy Fuel, Butler University, Marian University, Lawrence Central High School, and Lawrence North High School.
“Dr. (Jessica) Jochum has been very instrumental in my education,” Richardson said. “She has taught me so much in the classroom and has put me at great clinical sites that helped me apply the classroom knowledge and gain confidence, both of which are crucial in this field.”
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When Jorge Fonseca ’19 (athletic training) crosses the stage to receive his diploma, he will be taking with him some key skills that will serve him well.
“I have learned a lot academically, but what I learned during my 1500+ hours of clinical experience is priceless,” said the Aguadilla, Puerto Rico native. “My clinical experiences have made me a better communicator, allowed me to learn how to be autonomous while at the same time being a team player, be a better healthcare provider, and overall to be a professional.”
It’s the United States Army that will benefit from those all-important “soft skills” Fonseca gained while studying athletic training at UIndy. After graduation, he will go to Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, where he will work as a medical laboratory specialist. He will then enter a military program to earn a physician assistant master’s degree to become a commissioned Army medical officer.
He knows that his UIndy experiences – ranging from advocating for athletic training legislation at the Indiana Statehouse to research on the effects of cold-water immersion compared to active recovery on the management of delayed-onset muscle soreness – have prepared him well for the next stage of life.
“I can’t wait to graduate…I want to go out into the real world and apply all of the knowledge and skills I’ve learned in my four years here at UIndy,” Fonseca said. “I will forever be a Greyhound and UIndy will always have a special place in my heart.”
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