• Catalina Chesney
  • Catalina Chesney, MA
  • Major: Exercise Science and Sports Studies
  • Year of Graduation: 2017
  • Current Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Current Occupation: Clinical Research Coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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

I was a biology pre-med, but wanted to learn more about human anatomy and physiology than I did about the animal/plant side coursework. Kinesiology was a great department to learn the many facets of working with people from all age groups, abilities, and specific needs when it comes to movement and wellness. I grew up close to my grandparents, so Exercise and Aging was my favorite class!

Tell us about your journey since graduation and the ways your experiences at Rutgers have contributed to your success:

After graduating, I worked as Program Director for the Center for Exercise and Aging underneath the guidance of Dr. Susan Kaplowitz. I went on to complete a research master’s degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Physiology at the University of Maryland and now work on diabetes clinical trials at the VA and UMMC in Baltimore. My experiences at Rutgers emphasized the importance of holistic health – emotional and social health are just as important as the physical! 

What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences Students?

Use your time at Rutgers to build independence and confidence in decision-making. A pivotal moment for me in undergrad was understanding the reins were in my hands; in order to grow, I had to break out of my bubble to meet new people and take jobs in areas I felt unfamiliar with. Networking is important - you meet so many people at/from RU that can open doors down the line. The biggest lesson I’ve learned after graduating is staying true to myself and my path by not comparing myself to others (career, accomplishments, relationships); everyone’s path is different, people just don’t like to talk about the difficult stuff.

What is your favorite memory from RU?

Winter storm Jonah in 2016 shut down campus. My roommates and I were walking down Easton Ave to… socialize… and we were trucking through snow knee-deep and constantly getting stuck. We still laugh about it today.

Where was your favorite study spot at RU?

My ODASIS friends and I LOVED the academic building (not to age myself, it was newly built at the time!).