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Zac – What was your college experience?

Zac – What was your college experience?

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Because I was a basketball player, I had a huge support system. My coach, my teammates, I had a lot of the same friends—because I got injured in May, and I was out of the hospital by October, and I was back in school by January so I didn’t really... Show More

Because I was a basketball player, I had a huge support system. My coach, my teammates, I had a lot of the same friends—because I got injured in May, and I was out of the hospital by October, and I was back in school by January so I didn’t really miss a beat. So, all of my friends were still there rallying behind me and so it was really great. So, graduate school—I majored in Health and Fitness Management in undergrad. I knew that wasn’t going to have much of a future in Exercise Science just because it’s such a physical field. I was introduced to rehab counseling through the assistant director at Clayton State, so for me it was like, “alright, I think I want to try that out,” and I just dove right into it. And for me, I went to Georgia State University and started clinical rehabilitation counseling. And through that I did an internship for Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. And I just found it to be a super-rewarding field because before my injury, I didn’t know many people who had disabilities, and after I got injured I was exposed to so many people with disabilities. And for people with disabilities, employment and being  a taxpayer is huge. So, the fact that I have the opportunity to bring that back to so many lives was really rewarding for me.

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Zac – What was your college experience?

Zac

Injured in 2011 at age 19, quadriplegic
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Because I was a basketball player, I had a huge support system. My coach, my teammates, I had a lot of the same friends—because I got injured in May, and I was out of the hospital by October, and I was back in school by January so I didn’t really miss a beat. So, all of my friends were still there rallying behind me and so it was really great. So, graduate school—I majored in Health and Fitness Management in undergrad. I knew that wasn’t going to have much of a future in Exercise Science just because it’s such a physical field. I was introduced to rehab counseling through the assistant director at Clayton State, so for me it was like, “alright, I think I want to try that out,” and I just dove right into it. And for me, I went to Georgia State University and started clinical rehabilitation counseling. And through that I did an internship for Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. And I just found it to be a super-rewarding field because before my injury, I didn’t know many people who had disabilities, and after I got injured I was exposed to so many people with disabilities. And for people with disabilities, employment and being  a taxpayer is huge. So, the fact that I have the opportunity to bring that back to so many lives was really rewarding for me.

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