An Exercise Science major originally from South Bend, John Nguyen chose to come to Indiana University because he wanted “…an experience, not just a college.” With an interest in pursuing either medical school or a degree in physical therapy following his undergraduate years, John wanted a degree that left his options open so that he wouldn’t have the make a final decision his freshman year, so he elected to major in Exercise Science. “Choosing a degree from the School of Public Health-Bloomington gave me the trust and confidence to know that I will be able to go where I wanted to go after my time here,” he said.
John was inspired to pursue a career in health care after seeing a friend’s parents operate their own practice providing physical therapy services. “The clinic wasn't just a clinic, but a home, and the patients were not just patients, but family,” he said. He notes that he feels the School of Public Health will prepare him academically to meet his current goal of obtaining a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, but also provides a community in which he can grow. “Given the resources, alumni, and faculty, the SPH gives every student a myriad of opportunities in which to grow and learn from. It is more than just a building, but rather a place to learn, teach, help, exercise, and grow. The SPH is both an institution, and a community.”