Student Feature: Karsyn Schirmer



Our July feature is Karsyn Shirmer.

Get to know our undergraduate students as they are experiencing first-hand the programs at the School of Kinesiology. Each student has different experiences to share, such as internships, studying abroad and transferring in from a different college or field of study.


Karsyn is an undergraduate senior in the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program. She recently transferred into the College of Education and Human Development from previously being enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences. Karsyn is from central Wisconsin, and enjoys reading, painting and baking in her free time.

What made you choose your field of study?

I wanted to work outside, with people, and be the boss. As it turns out, RPLS is the best way to do that.

What is your favorite aspect of RPLS?

I like that I know nearly everyone in the program. Not only that, but I actually enjoy those people. In other areas of study, the pressure of academic achievement seems to drive students apart most of the time. RPLS is more about operating cooperatively in order to all gain the knowledge important to working in the field and creating positive products in the future.

What advice do you have to students that are looking into the School of Kinesiology?

Make sure that you know what you’re going into, and what the jobs that you want to pursue require as far as scholastics and experience go. If you plan to get a degree in Kinesiology or Sport Management, chances are you will need to acquire a graduate degree additionally in order to be able to find a job, whereas with Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies, experience is more valued in the field and therefore taking classes and directed studies are crucial in undergrad.

Watch the video in the link below to learn more about Karsyn’s education and career experiences.






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