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Alexander Nielsen

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Iowa State Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory
Company/Organization website: https://www.kin.hs.iastate.edu/research-lab/physical-activity-epidemiology-laboratory/
Destination: Ames,Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I was responsible for making sure the exercise lab was ran according to procedure. This included building rapport with participants, logging participant pedometer steps, conducting maximal aerobic/resistance tests, and any other exercise related question a participant may have. I also was a key contributor in Thursday morning assessments, where we conducted physiological assessments including blood work, height/weight, waist circumference, DEXA scan, Fit3D scan, and arterial stiffness. In addition to my responsibilities in the lab, I was also tasked with entering 3 separate forms of data. 6 month assessment data, exercise compliance data, and Fit3D body scan data were all data sets that I was tasked with inputting.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from my internship experience was the ability to connect with so many individuals. Having the opportunity to work hands on with the participants for 12 weeks allowed me to go out of my comfort zone, and build relationships with individuals from all across the map.

I learned...
The greatest lesson I learned from this internship is to be a sponge. Soak up as much information as you can from those around you. There is always something that can be learned, and taking an initiative to go that extra step will pay off in the long run.

Advice for others...
For this internship, and in all aspects of life, go in with an open mind. You never know what may come from it. This internship is a great opportunity to help you in realizing what your true passions are, as well as what you may not be passionate about. Go the extra mile, work as hard as you can at whatever you do, and make sure to have fun with the process.

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