Jimmy Rodriguez Jr.

Hometown/State: Palmdale, CATransfer Institution: Starkville, MS (main campus)Professional Pathway: Physical TherapyTentative Graduation: Summer 2016Honors/Practical Experience: Military Veteran; Honorable Discharge, 6 years active duty enlisted United States Navy, Deployed twice on the USS Boxer and the USS Peleliu. CPR and First Aid Trainer for 5 years in the military and 2 years prior to service as an L.A. County lifeguard. Swam competitively for 8 years before coaching high school swim team for two years prior to joining USN.Why did you choose CEP as your major?Very broad degree with many different possibilities from a masters in athletic training all the way to medical school. I appreciate the options and mobility for the different walks of life.Why MSU-Meridian’s Kinesiology program?Choosing a University close to where my family is currently residing for the next couple of years. My wife is currently an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Navy and is stationed in NAS Meridian which makes MSU-Meridian Kinesiology program very desirable.What are your aspirations following graduation from professional school/CEP?Hoping to move back to California or where the U.S. Navy figures my wife can be the most efficient. Applying to a near by university for a masters degree or doctorate depending on the length and cost of the program.

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