Shannon Burns

Athletic Training Major, '14

In a leap from suburbia, athletic training major Shannon Burns harnessed four years of versatile and hands-on experiences between the Green Mountains.

Originally from Wayne, NJ Burns said she was initially drawn to Castleton for the excellent reputation of the Athletic Training Program and the anticipated change of pace from her norms.

“I was expecting to blend in and simply complete my college career, when in reality, Castleton provides much more than that. There are so many opportunities for students to stand out and create their own individualized experience,” she said.

With a unique six semesters of required clinical experience, the Athletic Training Program provided Burns with an opportunity to work with Castleton athletic teams, local high school teams, and other surrounding medical facilities. Burns said these experiences; combined with her relationships with her athletic training “family”, have heightened her interest in the medical field and play a strong role in her future plans to attend graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

“These hands-on experiences have propelled me to become a leader and act quickly and efficiently,” said Burns.

Athletics and an active lifestyle are a passion that expands far beyond just her major. As a student athlete, Burns was a starting defender on Castleton field hockey for the duration of her college career.

Off the field and out of the classroom, Burns also served as President of the Athletic Training Club and a member of Castleton’s Right to Play.

In addition to her assistance in raising thousands of dollars for sports equipment in underprivileged countries, Burns earned her place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for participation in the World’s Longest Dodgeball Tournament. The group played for 41 hours, three minutes, and 17 seconds and raised $7,353.77 for the cause. The opportunity for unique experiences contributed to Burns’ ability to thrive at Castleton.

 “It was an honor to be a part of and experience something much larger than myself,” she said.