Persistence and vision are part of Alexa’s Story, as she pursues a Master’s of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology

Alexa has big dreams. Once she completes her Master’s of Sports, Exercise and Performance Psychology program at UW-Green Bay, her next step is working in the NCAA. Then, in professional sports. She discovered the field of sports psychology, and as a former UW-Green Bay student-athlete she knows the pressure and the feelings that student-athletes experience. With the help of her alma mater, she is determined to guide other student-athletes as they work through those complicated emotions. She is energized by the culture within her master’s program. “I’m encouraged to learn, to make mistakes, to never give up and to grow as a student, a person and a future professional.” Alexa’s goal is to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and help professional athletes rise by focusing on their mental performance. Listen to how she plans to solve the problems of the future, below.

Video Transcript: I was formerly a UWGB student-athlete and that is what drew me to come back to UWGB for my master’s program and my master’s degree. I dealt with a couple concussions as a student-athlete and the coaches and counseling staff supported me immensely through the entire process. I knew once I learned about the field of sports psychology, that I wanted to help athletes in that way and I wanted to do it at a place that harbors such a great culture and so I wanted to come back to UWGB and be a part of that. My program has become a second home to me. I feel very connected with the professors with my cohort. And I feel extremely prepared, every time I step into the classroom. I’m encouraged to learn, to make mistakes, to never give up and to grow as a student, a person and a future professional. My favorite class was Professional Ethics class. I absolutely love it and it wasn’t something that I thought I would love. We did a lot of hands-on projects with ethics and applying our ethical principles to real-life sports situations. And that has created us to think about ethics all the time. Through practicum, we’re offered experiences working directly with athletes or performers in mental performance. And we’re given that exact experience we need to become Certified Mental Performance Consultants in the future. Helping people validates the reason I got into the field in the first place. As a former student-athlete, I know the pressure and the feelings that student-athletes experience and I feel very fortunate that I am able to work towards helping people in the future. Following graduation with my master’s degree, I will go on to obtain a certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. I will hopefully work with NCAA athletes and eventually work with professional athletes with their mental performance.

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