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Liana Staner

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: CHI Health Good Samaritan
Company/Organization website: http://www.chihealthgoodsamaritan.org/
Destination: Kearney, NE
Timeframe: Summer 2017

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Working at Good Samaritan the job responsibilities include a variety of tasks in which you are unable to find at several other locations. Experience responsibilities include but are not limited to: training all age clients on, strength & conditioning, rehab and mobility work, as well as diet and lifestyle changes. Help/lead group classes & one on one trainings, pool tests, assist with new clients, administrative work including: copying, organizing, mock/real programming, and helping organize and run Community Olympics in Kearney NE.

I accomplished...
This question is one of the hardest to answer because I don't have just one accomplishment that I feel sticks out above all. I will just share with you one of the many accomplishments that touched me the most. It was the accomplishment of being able to make a difference in each and every one of my client’s lives. As my internship is coming to an end here, I know I have touched each of my clients in one way because many of them have shared with me what an impact I made in just a few short months. Several are asking if I could just stay for another couple months and those comments have made this whole experience extra special.

I learned...
The greatest lesson I have learned from this experience is how to break down and help clients better understand why we are doing the exercises we are, and what is going on with muscle reactions and so forth while we do the exercises. Throughout college I worked as an athlete and special performance trainer so working here was a total different side of things because a majority of your clients are older clientele. Some clients may not come out and ask you those questions especially older individuals so be sure you make it a habit to explain each of those things as you progress them through.

Advice for others...
I would like to share two statements of advice for each of you. My first advice is start early. Do not wait until the last minute to find your internship. Reach out to facilities, show them your interest do not make them come to you. Make sure you get yourself out in the field before your required internship, put in the extra work and have internships before your required. Secondly do not be afraid to spread your wings and move away from home. There are endless opportunities and home will always be there. Take the time to see something new and experience the endless amount of opportunities outside of your home town.

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