Colleen Jenkins

Athletic Training, '15

Castleton was the jack-of-all-trades for Athletic Training student Colleen Jenkins. It had the beautiful Vermont landscapes, a welcoming atmosphere, small population and offers a quality education. Coming from a small town in Massachusetts, her transition to the green mountain state was a smooth one.

“The second I stepped on campus, it felt like home,” Jenkins said.

In her four years at Castleton, Jenkins has made lifelong friendships and learned more within her major than she thought possible. She has accumulated over 1,400 hours of hands-on experience in the athletic training field, working with a range of student athletes and athletic teams.

“I chose to major in Athletic Training because I wanted to end up with a career that would be rewarding, surprising, and fun. Working with student athletes is all of those things,” explained Jenkins.

The 2015 graduate feels she is ready to begin her professional career and apply what she’s learned in the classroom to real life experiences. Jenkins credits the athletic training department, including the professors, clinicians and even upperclassman in her major, for preparing her for life after Castleton.

Ideally Jenkins would like to work in a high schools setting as an Athletic Trainer or a health educator. To reach her goal she has recently been applying to various graduate schools in hopes of receiving her Masters in Health Education before entering her field.

In addition to her class work, Jenkins has been heavily involved in the community over the years, working with the Student Orientation Staff and the Student Support Network to council students. She also held a position in the Fine Arts Center and was the president of the Athletic Training Club.

To Jenkins, her time at Castleton is something she will always treasure, due to the many opportunities and relationships she was able to build. The overall experience is something she will never forget.

“It's easy to be involved here and easy to gain experience,” said Jenkins, “Because of all this, I believe I'll be a successful professional and I am confident in my skills and abilities.”