College of Applied Sciences and Arts
I decided to major in Kinesiology after taking a Sports Medicine class in High School. I enjoy being active and helping others. Therefore, Kinesiology was the perfect fit for me.
Not only is this award testimony of my hard work, it is a way to show my gratitude to my family for all the love and support they have given me throughout my education.
I contribute my academic success to my entire family; I could not have done it without them. Their encouragement is what drives me to strive for success. My grandparents provide unconditional love and advice. My sister is someone who I look up to. I know she will always be there for me. My mom is the strongest, most hard-working woman I know. I have learned so much from her, like how you do not rest until your work is done. My dad is someone who has always made me feel loved. He is my number one fan. His sense of humor and optimistic outlook on life is something that I envy and try to portray in my own life. My parents are my best friends, and I am forever thankful for everything they have given me. I would like to give a special thanks to my boyfriend for being my constant strength and always believing in me.
My Kinesiology professors have been very influential in my educational success. Their teaching made the material fun and I found myself wanting to learn more than we had time for in class. I would especially like to thank Dr. Shifflett for being a wonderful advisor and excellent professor who made me work harder than ever before. She is a professor that truly cares about the education of her students. I admire Dr. Shifflett’s heart and dedication.
My advice to students is to find a major that you are truly interested in and passionate about. I would also tell students not to be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand something; most professors are eager to help. Lastly, do not to settle for average, attempt excellence.
A few words from her nominating professor:
I got to know Suzanne Chancey when she took a class I teach in the Kinesiology Program - Measurement & Evaluation. My story of her is in a nut shell that of someone who has seen to it that since childhood that she pursued her passion - learning. As she would tell you, as the first member of her family to attend college, she feels a responsibility to succeed in school and make her loved ones proud.
She's certainly done that here at San Jose State University - She obtained a grade point average of 4.0 and was an Honor student in her senior seminar class. She was also invited to join The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Lambda - National Leadership and Honors Organization at San Jose State University.
The story does not end there. Suzanne is also one of those special folks who carves out the time to help others. While at San Jose State University she volunteered at the Timpany Center where she assisted primarily elderly individuals with exercises and lead aquatic classes. The aquatic exercise classes were focused on providing physical activity that is safe for individuals who suffer from various injuries and disabilities. In addition, Suzanne volunteered to work with individuals with mental and physical disabilities at Gavilan College.
A woman of good character, honest, caring, intelligent, and compassionate she plans to continue her education beyond SJSU in order to pursue a career in the medical field. Her childhood focus on learning has carried her a very long way already and looks like she will make SJSU as well as her family proud of her accomplishments.
-Professor Bethany Shifflett