Western Washington University Alumni Association

Rachel Rosen

Major - Kinesiology
Hometown - Redmond, WA

“I know firsthand the unfortunate impact that an illfitting prosthetic can have on someone, physically and mentally.  I also now realize that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

I first remember hearing about a company called World T.E.A.M. Sports about five years ago when my uncle was talking to my family about a cycling ride he did. World T.E.A.M. Sports stands for The Exceptional Athlete Matters, “using the powerful platform of sports to bring together participants with and without disabilities.” With an increasing number of servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with severe injuries, World T.E.A.M. Sports honors these men and women by actively using sports to help integrate these recently (and some not so recent) injured veterans back into society. Ever since I participated in my first ride with World T.E.A.M., my career goals have become very strong. Once I earn my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, I plan to continue my education to graduate school. There I will study Prosthetics & Orthotics and earn my master’s in the field. I plan to then take my career into the VA hospitals around the country.

By being awarded with the Alumni Association Leader Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school—learning. I will now have the flexibility to work fewer hours during the academic year and turn more of my attention toward my application to graduate schools and studying.

Ever since beginning my work with World Team Sports I have become quite the cyclist. I love to go for long rides with my road bike. It is the perfect way for me to clear my head and relax! I also enjoy rock climbing, lifting and running.

This past summer, I was selected to participate in a prestigious internship this summer with World Team Sports. The internship was a bike ride hosted by WTS, the Sea to Shining Sea bike ride. Starting in San Francisco & ending in Virginia Beach, 14 disabled veterans made the 4,000 mile cross-country journey. I have witnessed their PTSD; seen the effects of their TBI. These men have been shot at, faced life-threatening combat, been beaten down by cancer, and now they have ridden their bikes across the U.S. I am a very different person than I was when the ride began. Things that I would normally stress over or worry about now seem so trivial. I find myself saying, “If that is the worst thing going on in your life, you’re doing pretty well.” Most importantly, my future career goals have been hit home even harder. I know firsthand the unfortunate impact that an ill-fitting prosthetic can have on someone, physically and mentally. I also now realize that I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to.

 

 

 

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