A passion for sports brought Ben Menke to UE's exercise science program. His classes and internships provided him with the skills to share his enthusiasm with others. "My course work has been challenging, yet it has given me what I need to accurately train others and assist them in improving their overall health and wellness."
Ben's internships have given him the opportunity to put what he has learned in class into practice. "At the Children's Museum of Evansville, I put together fun and interactive activities about basic nutrition and health. Working as a camp counselor, I planned activities for kids ages 6-13 and modified sports and games to age appropriate levels. My internship at the YMCA pertained the most to my major, as I developed an adaptive soccer program and worked as a personal trainer. I really enjoy looking at the science aspect of exercise."
Ben is spending a semester in Costa Rica before entering UE's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. "I've taken numerous Spanish classes, so I'm excited about immersing myself in the language and culture. As I think about the future, I'm considering how I can combine this experience with my degree to serve others — perhaps as a physical therapist in a bilingual environment."