Simpson College prides itself on many things, but two in particular:
- Helping students discover what they want to do.
- Guaranteeing internships to qualified students.
Alex McCarty is a great example of both.
The senior from Corning arrived at Simpson unsure about what he wanted to do, but he hoped it would have something to do with sports. This fall will be his fourth year as a tight end on the football team; he was a captain last year.
“I love sports,” he says. “That’s my passion. I’ve been around it all my life. I figured I would be a sports trainer because that would be my best opportunity to get into the sports world.
“But to be completely honest, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do.”
Alex has worked as an intern for the Iowa Cubs, the triple-A baseball team in Des Moines, and last summer worked for the Principal Charity Classic golf tournament. He also has assisted the Iowa Barnstormers.
“For what I want to go into, being so close to Des Moines was hands-down the best thing that could have happened for me, because I got two internships with two very respectable organizations.”
“My resume would not have been nearly as good if I had gone somewhere else,” he says. “The opportunities are there if you go out and get them.”
He credits head football coach Jim Glogowski and Nicci Whalen, assistant professor of sports science, with helping to steer his career.
“Coach ‘Glo’ has helped me a lot, just in terms of how you go about your business.”
As for Whalen, “she really loves what she does and it just kind of rubs off on you. I took kinesiology with her. I thought I’d hate it, but by the end I was into it because she is so passionate and she wants you to learn. She just wanted you to succeed, so you wanted to make her happy and you wanted to do it for yourself.”
Speaking of success, McCarty says Simpson will deserve credit for whatever he is able to achieve in the future.
“I wouldn’t change a thing, really,” he says. “I feel like when I graduate from here, I’ll be in a great position to get in the workforce and go where I want to go.
“I’ve had the perfect experience. For me, being at Simpson really did help me decide what I wanted to do and what I was good at.”