My name is Nia Callion and I am a Saint Louis University PY1 athletic training student. My clinical placement site this semester is Kirkwood High School. I was really excited to be placed at Kirkwood High School. I played on the women’s lacrosse team when I went to school here. It has been so nice to come full circle and see everything from the athletic training point of view. I have also enjoyed seeing coaches and faculty that knew me in high school when I first thought about athletic training see me actually accomplish those goals. I have learned and grown a lot in the past two months and I am so excited to see how much more I will accomplish before the semester is over. I have enjoyed my time at Kirkwood this semester and I am so grateful to be learning and growing in this environment, and have learned so much in such a short time. I came into the semester with high hopes and my expectations were exceeded.
This semester my preceptor is Kelsy Cunningham; She is a licensed athletic trainer ATC, LAT. Kelsey received her bachelors of athletic training at Truman State University. Kelsey is a member Athletico as one of their athletic trainers and she is contracted to be the head athletic trainer of Kirkwood High School. Kelsey has been at Kirkwood for a little over a year now and she works with every team on campus, so her days are typically busy but she loves it. She has really embraced me as a member of the athletic training room, and has pushed me out of my comfort zone making sure everything I do in the athletic training room has a purpose.