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Wes Smith

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Waukee High School
Company/Organization website: https://waukeeschools.org/
Destination: Waukee, IA
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Clean weight room Set up weight room for the days work out Perform max testing on bench, squat, hangclean, and deadlift Perform max testing on 40yd dash and Flying 10yd dash Perform max testing on pro agility movement Supervise weight room Update Organizations social media Conduct group warm ups Conduct group cool downs Spot correct form Maintain equipment execute agency standards encourage and empower young athletes

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment of the internship can not be narrowed down to a singular circumstance. The internship in its entirety was one of the best parts of EX SCI option at Iowa State University. I learned so much from what I want to do now, to the minor critiques in form that can have a large impact on someones lift, to new movements entirely from their over qualified head strength coach, Jay Dahl. To summarize, I guess I just liked having an impact on these young future hall-of-famers. It feels good at the end of the day knowing you helped someone out for the better.

I learned...
The greatest lesson learned from my time at Waukee is that I know I DO NOT want to work at a high school. I think not knowing what you want to do is just as important as knowing what you do want. I know I am not cut out for or enjoy training in a scholastic environment.

Advice for others...
Awesome learning staff, incredible experience, you can't end this internship without learning a LOT. Highly recommended and sought after internship. Just go for it, you'll thank yourself later.

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