• Mike Axler
  • Mike Axler, PhD Candidate
  • Major: Math, Exercise Science and Sports Studies
  • Year of Graduation: 2017
  • Current Location: Newark, DE
  • Current Occupation: PhD Candidate at The University of Delaware in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Why did you choose your major/minor, and what did you like most about it?

I’ve always been fascinated with the human body in both the sports as well as clinical settings. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue more of a medical/rehabilitation career or focus more attention on the research side, but luckily exercise science prepares students for a wide range of careers in the health field. 

Tell us about your journey since graduation and the ways your experiences at Rutgers has contributed to your success: Since graduating I’ve gone on to earn my Master’s in Exercise Science, as well as becoming a certified personal trainer and a licensed sports nutritionist. Rutgers taught me that anything that’s worth while takes time and persistence, but it’s all part of the journey!

What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences Students?: Ask questions, try to get a little bit better each day, and always look to get involved and help others because you never know what doors will open up when you volunteer, intern, etc. 

Where was your favorite study spot at RU?: Records Hall

Where was your favorite "treat yourself" spot for food on Easton? Stuff Yer Face – my parents took me there when I was a baby (supposedly)