Vermont State University was an excellent way for alum Mathew McNamee to step into his desired field through a personal learning environment. As an Athletic Training major and Health minor, the University provided him with the ability to gain the valuable experience and knowledge needed to propel him into a successful professional career.
“My clinical athletic training preceptors created an exceptional learning environment with the student-athletes, allowing for great hands-on experience as an undergraduate,” McNamee said.
Having real-world experience was a great confidence booster for McNamee when applying to graduate schools.
McNamee said some of his most significant role models during his academic journey were professors within his department, including Reese Boucher, John Feenick, and Katy Culpo. Each of them played an important role during his education.
“They consistently pushed me to my limits and supported me with all of my extracurricular activities,” McNamee said. “They saw potential in me, believed in me, and pushed me in the right direction. I would not be where I am today without them.”
Still, McNamee said some of his greatest memories took place during his athletic career as a baseball player. As a four-year player, he received two CoSIDA All-District First Academic Team awards and was named NAC Conference Man of The Year. His team also took a NAC championship, which tops the list of his greatest memories.
Other positive experiences he gained as an athlete were having the Castleton community, athletic department, and student body as great supporters. McNamee said the size of the University allowed him to develop professional relationships with professors with whom he continues to speak regularly.