Faith Poirier ’21, Exercise Science

With Faculty Support, She’s Aiming High in Exercise Science

Faith Porter

As a high school athlete and now on NVU-Lyndon’s varsity basketball team, Faith Poirier ’21 was working with athletic trainers to prevent injuries before her games and practices. Now she’s planning her own career to help athletes avoid and treat injuries.

Faith, an exercise science major, is pursuing a concentration in pre-professional athletic training. NVU’s attentive faculty, options to earn certifications in the field before she graduates, and opportunities to build skills through real-world experience will help Faith stand out to employers or in a graduate program.

An Exercise Science Lab on Campus

On a visit to NVU-Lyndon while in high school, “It was cool to see how much the exercise science program has to offer,” Faith says. She attended an exercise science class taught by Professor Greg Ledoux and toured the campus exercise physiology lab, with tools to measure cardiovascular fitness and other health metrics. That convinced her NVU was where she should be.

“The other schools I looked at weren’t nearly as impressive as what Dr. Ledoux was talking about in class,” Faith says.

A Hands-On Education Provides Incredible Experience

NVU’s challenging program helps position students to achieve greatness — in college and after they graduate.

“With what students can do in their upper-level classes, we get a sense of what our career is going to be like because it’s all hands-on. We have opportunities that other schools don’t offer and it gives us another step in the right direction,” says Faith, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Faith is looking forward to participating in the Lyndon Health/Fitness Intervention Program — a clinical exercise program for older adults — in which students work with adults one-on-one for a semester. “It gives us a chance to get those first-time jitters out before we have to do it daily, and it’s good to see if that’s what we really want to do,” Faith says.

She also plans to take an NVU class that prepares students for an exam to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. It’s one of several national certification exams exercise science students can prepare for through NVU classes.

One-on-One Time with Professors, a Tight-Knit Campus

Another advantage of the exercise science program is the accessible professors. “The faculty is so supportive,” Faith says. “They’re so understanding and always have an open door policy.”

One part of NVU campus life Faith values most is the welcoming community. “Everybody knows each other and is so friendly,” she says.

The tight-knit community extends to varsity sports and residence life for Faith, as a member of the basketball team and a resident assistant (RA). “I’ve always thought of myself as a leader, and I love helping people out as an RA,” she says. “You’re there for them when no one else is.”

NVU’s small size is just right for Faith. “You get the one-on-one with professors,” she says. “And there’s always something to do on campus. Everyone makes their own fun.”

A young man poses in front of weight lifting equipment, smiling, looking at camera.

“It’s hard to believe how much we learned every semester. The faculty members were life-changing in the way they interacted with us and how knowledgeable they are in their field.”

– Michael Sigsbury ’17


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