“I love working at Stanbridge and with ‘MK,’” said Will, referring to Physical Education Teacher Mark Kelley. “Working with the students here, I see them face a lot of the same problems I did when I was their age. I know they can overcome them, and I enjoy teaching them how.”
Will found his love of physical fitness while doing martial arts and has been an instructor at a local studio since his junior year of high school.
“I work with a variety of students from 3.5-year-olds up to seniors,” said Will. “I even have some people in their 60’s, but they are in really great shape.”
Will is currently in the process of earning an AA degree in kinesthesiology at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA with an end goal of becoming a physical education teacher, but that dream almost didn’t happen.
“I was doing my general ed and getting all of my requirements out of the way when I got to Math,” said Will. “That [subject] kicked me.”
Will says he found Math so insurmountable that he actually switched his major to a certificate in solar power.
“But I’m not passionate about solar power,” said Will. “What I love doing is physical fitness.”
So Will switched back. Now on his second try at the kinesthesiology degree, Will has created a plan to avail himself of all the available resources including professor office hours and extended time on tests.
“They just expanded the tutoring services [at Skyline], so I plan to take advantage of those,” said Will. “Also, all professors are not created equal; before taking a class you should check them out on RateMyProfessors.com.”
Will says it’s easy to lose confidence when things don’t go as planned, but instead of getting disheartened to look at each experience as an opportunity to learn.
“Don’t take too many classes a semester. Focus on whatever subjects you may have to struggle with. Slow down and really apply yourself,” advises Will. “If something doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world. There are a variety of different futures ahead of you.”