Mike Fauser '14

April 9, 2014

Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

High School: Boone Grove

Major: Biology

Minors: Health Therapy & Athletic Training

Clubs and Activities: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, cross country, track and field

What are your plans after graduation?

I am attending graduate school at Bellarmine University to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I was accepted to the University of Indianapolis and Bellarmine University, which is in Louisville, Kentucky.  I decided to apply to these schools based on their reputation, as well as recommendations from other students.  A teammate and alumna from SJC, Megan Davis ’12, is in the program at Bellarmine and has a lot of good things to say about it, which also helped me make my decision to go there. I also felt very comfortable and welcome in Louisville, and I really liked their facility. 

What are your specific career plans?

I plan to work as a physical therapist at an outpatient clinic near Valparaiso and eventually get into a career specializing in sports physical therapy.

How has SJC helped you get into these programs?

The faculty has been a great help to me throughout the entire process. It was very easy to ask for letters of recommendation. Fr. Bill Stang, C.PP.S. ’72 and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Brian Capouch both wrote me a letter of recommendation and gave advice in choosing which school best fit me.  Associate Professor of Management and Marketing Teresa Massoels ’89 helped me with everything from application difficulties to scholarship applications.  Athletic Director Bill Massoels ‘89 also helped me with the process of applying to and choosing a school.  No matter what problems or questions I had, I was able to go to someone who helped me through it. 

How were faculty members in your department helpful?

The faculty members in my department were a great help.  Any time I had questions I felt comfortable talking to them.  They were also helpful with finding a graduate school, writing letters of recommendation, and finding the classes I needed to graduate.

Why did you choose SJC?

I felt really comfortable with the coaches, the faculty, and my teammates.  It was also a good distance from home—not too far and not too close.

What was your experience like at SJC?  

I have had a positive experience.  I appreciate the connections I have made with my teachers and how comfortable I feel communicating with them.  

How do you feel about the Core Program?

The Core Program is a good idea.  It has been helpful in making me a more well rounded person.  

Tell us about your internship.

I did a summer internship through the school where I observed at a physical therapy clinic.  It was easy to complete and was a great advantage for my major, future, career and for applying to grad schools.  

What advice would you give to a future student?

Pick a major you will enjoy working at—it will make the difficult semesters easier to get through.  

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