"Next" Magazine Vol. 3 Fall 2016 - Page 26

ALUMNA PROFILE: CONNIE ANDUJAR Connie Andujar on the practice field with Jets players Leger Douzable, Kellen Davis and Jeff Cumberland Photo courtesy of Jose Rey | New York Jets UK grad puts Exercise Science degree to use as intern with New York Jets Fresh off an internship with the New York Jets, 2014 University of Kentucky graduate Connie Andujar reflects on her experience studying Exercise Science in the UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Andujar is now pursuing a master’s degree in Athletic Training from Seton Hall and plans to have a career in collegiate athletics. What brought you to the University of Kentucky? Being from Ossining, NY, I didn’t know much about Kentucky. For Christmas, my dad got tickets to see a UCONN basketball game at Madison Square Garden and it just so happened they were playing Kentucky. We were just in awe at how many Kentucky fans were there. I remember saying to my dad, “Wow, there are more fans for a school that’s 12 hours away than for a school that’s only two hours away.” That was the night I decided to apply to Kentucky. My decision was between UConn and Kentucky, so the deciding factor was the campus visit. It was the meeting with Dr. Steve Parker in the College of Education that really sold us on the school. He was the one who told me about the opportunities working within athletics and assured me I could 26 | accomplish all I wanted if I came to Kentucky. What athletic training experience did you get during college? By my sophomore year, I was assigned to working with the football team. Camp by far was the hardest. The days were long and hot, the team practiced twice a day. Between setting up the fields, hydrating during practice and overall maintenance of the training room, it was a lot. Once class started, we would have football practice in the morning, getting there around 5:30 or 6 a.m. and then end around noon or 1 p.m., before starting classes for the day. Home games were a lot of fun. They were all-day events, having to arrive early to set up the locker rooms and fields and then manage the sidelines during the game. There were around 10 students, and one or two students would travel to each away game. During the middle of football season I was switched to softball, which was incredible. It was only me and a supervising g