Darci Ramirez '03

July 24, 2013

Physical Education

Biology and Spanish

Crown Point, Indiana

Why did you choose SJC?
One of the main reasons I chose SJC was because I enjoyed my high school experience on a small campus and was looking for a similar college environment. I was also interested in a college that allowed me to take courses for my major during freshman year, and the unique format of the Core Program made that possible. Two additional factors that played a role in my decision were the reputation of the SJC's athletic program and the proximity to my home and family.

As a student, what were you involved in?
I was a four-year member of the cross country and track teams and received Academic All-Conference honors for both sports all four years. I was the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Vice President and President of Diversity Coalition, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society. I was also involved in Faith Group, Kairos retreats, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

What are you doing now?
I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at APT Plus Physical Therapy in Dyer, Ind. Once a treatment plan is established, my job is to follow through with the plan to help patients suffering from illness or injury to successfully recover in order to once again manage their normal daily routines and lifestyles. I also help run the work conditioning program that simulates job tasks for injured patients that are preparing to return to work.

How did SJC prepare you for the "real world?"
My involvement at SJC taught me that there was more to graduating from college than learning facts from a book. The Core Program pushed me to form my own opinions and be confident about them, and my participation in extracurricular activities taught me the importance of developing time management skills and interacting with a variety of cultures and personalities. All of these elements are extremely important to having a successful career, and they can't be developed by simply reading a textbook. The small class sizes made one-on-one contact with professors readily available, and visiting the Career Development Center was extremely beneficial. Those on staff were more than willing to read over resumes, help with job searches, and even conduct mock interviews to prepare students for the real thing. At SJC, I learned to be me.

Who was your favorite SJC professor?
Bill Jennings; he was a great academic advisor who helped me prepare my application for PTA school.

What was your favorite Core book?
James McBride's "The Color of Water."

What is your favorite SJC memory?
The entire freshman orientation weekend when I got to meet and learn the stories of an entirely new group of people who would help shape my future for the next four years.

What was your favorite Café food?
Wings and Things night.

What residence hall did you live in?
Halas my freshman, junior, and senior years; Justin my sophomore year.

When was your last visit to campus?
April 2008 for The Little 500 weekend.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.