CHSE Ambassador Cruise Dunn
Cruise is studying Athletic Training in CHSE's School of Kinesiology.
Q: Why did you choose LSU?
A: I chose LSU because of the strong family ties I have to LSU. I was brought up going to sporting events with the many family members I have that are also graduates from our university. As a result, it’s always been my dream to be a part of LSU athletics.
Q: Why did you choose Kinesiology as your major?
A: I chose Athletic Training because I’ve always wanted to be in a profession that builds others up. This was the perfect fit for myself because there’s nothing better than being a part of a team where everyone is striving for the same goals but contributing in all different ways. That is a dynamic I truly enjoy working in and hope to do it forever.
Q: What are you most excited for this semester?
A: I am most excited for the football season and the chance to gain experience in the world of college athletics. Working with the football team has always been a dream of mine and I don’t want to take a moment of it for granted.
Q: Why did you apply to be a CHSE Ambassador?
A: I applied to be a CHSE ambassador because I truly wanted to leave my mark on LSU. This really comes from the want to go the extra mile to make LSU a better place than how I found it and I think being a CHSE ambassador is a great way of doing that.
Q: What advice would you give to someone contemplating your major?
A: My advice to someone contemplating Athletic Training would be that it’s going to take more than you ever thought you could give and there will be times when it seems overwhelming. The key, however, is to stay on the course and always work hard. Getting out of your comfort zone can really benefit a college student. Athletic training allows you to do this while surrounded by people that will only facilitate your growth as an athletic trainer and as person overall.
Q: What is something that surprised you about LSU or CHSE?
A: Something that surprised me about LSU was how the university really works and how our college fits into the grand scheme of things. There are so many people that work behind the scenes to make our college and university the great place that it is.
Q: What do you plan to do with your degree once you graduate?
A: I plan to go on to Physical Therapy school after I graduate with my undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. I would like to work in a place that I am in a position to help others and utilize my experience in sports medicine.
An interesting fact about me is that my first name is actually McKinley after the former Mt. McKinley, which has since been renamed Mt. Denali.
My dream job would be to be a dual certified physical therapist and athletic trainer.
My favorite LSU tradition is when the LSU football team and Golden Band from Tigerland walk down the hill on game day; the energy and anticipation of that moment is without a doubt what makes it my favorite tradition.
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