The Marietta Effect
Marci Estock '13
Major: Athletic Training
Minor: Leadership Studies
Additional Education: Graduate Student in Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program (Class of 2015)
Hometown: Louisville, Ohio
Clubs/Organizations: Marietta College Physician Assistant Student Society (MCPASS), Marietta College Athletic Training Student Organization (president), Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Alpha Lamba Delta honorary, Order of Omega (president), American Red Cross volunteer, McDonough EXCEL leader
Athletics: Intramural volleyball and basketball
Favorite Professor: This is (surprisingly) by far the hardest question. The more I think about it the more I realize that each of the professors that I have had bring something new to the table. Some I could listen to for hours and others it was a struggle to make it through class but either way I learned a lot. If I have to pick one professor I would have to say, Dr. (John) Grosel from the PA program, Kemery Sigmund from Athletic Training and Dr. (Gama) Perruci from Leadership.
Education Abroad: Costa Rica & Belize (three-week summer course)
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
I initially visited Marietta College just for the Physician Assistant Program. On my visit not only did I find the program to be everything I wanted and more, but I also saw all of the academic opportunities Marietta had to offer, the close relationships between the students, and the beautiful campus. I was informed that the McDonough Leadership Program was one of the top five leadership programs in the country and the athletic training program was one of the first in Ohio. After that, I was hooked.
Favorite Marietta moment?
When I was a homecoming queen candidate (Fall 2012) for the Marietta College Athletic Training Student Organization. I was walking down the tunnel in the football stadium with my parents before we walked onto the field to be announced and, like a typical day on campus, I passed many of my friends, athletes, professors, administrators, and classmates to whom I greeted along the way. I didn’t think much of it until my Dad jokingly asked me if I knew everyone on campus to which I replied no. It wasn’t until later that I realized how much that moment spoke to the experience I had at Marietta. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of people from athletes to leadership students to sorority sisters to faculty to administrators. Even having homecoming candidates representing a wide variety of organizations on campus speaks to the wonderful experience I had at Marietta College.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
It all went by so fast it is almost hard to recall. I stayed pretty busy between Sports Med classes, extra prerequisite classes for PA school, Greek Life, McDonough, and athletics. I tried to take advantage of all of the opportunities Marietta had to offer and really step outside of my comfort zone to learn as much as I could while I was here. I had the chance to travel internationally to Costa Rica and Belize and, although I was not a fan of the bugs and snakes lurking around, I got to climb the Mayan ruins, zip line, and snorkel with sharks and stingrays on the second largest barrier reef in the world. I had a chance to meet some of my best friends who, although scattered across the country, I still stay in contact with now.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
I came to Marietta with a fairly solid plan of going to PA school but there were many things here that helped mold my path to my final destination. I had a great relationship with my professors and learned many lessons from them, both inside and outside the classroom. I also worked with many of the Marietta athletes in one way or another. Working with my Athletic Training professors and athletes during rotations with softball, football and men’s basketball solidified my determination to work in the health care profession and found my passion for helping people. Although standing outside in the pouring rain at football practice or traveling five hours on a bus to a basketball game wasn’t exactly my idea of “college fun,” I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world. The PA curriculum can be grueling at times but reflecting on how rewarding it was to help an athlete go back to the sport they love after sustaining an injury pushes me to keep hitting the books. All of the activities I was involved with on campus and the liberal arts education have helped to make me much more well-rounded which will translate to my career in medicine.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
Most students (I’m assuming) who attend small, liberal arts colleges say they chose to go there because of the “small school feel” and “they don’t want to be a number,” but never has that applied more than at Marietta College. Not only does every student that steps foot on this campus have an identity that is more than an ID number, but they also are a part of the Marietta College family. The MC family is that of a typical American family; experiencing our ups and downs but always doing so together. This campus has seen some hard times this year with the loss of a current student, a graduate athlete, and a student receiving a difficult medical diagnosis of cancer but the students bonded together to help, support, and love one another. The students, staff, and faculty have also come together to celebrate several national championships and NCAA tournament runs, welcoming Dr. and Mrs. Bruno to campus, and building a new dorm on campus. To be a Pioneer means to stick together through the good times and the bad, and to always look forward to a bright future of reaching your goals and leaving an impact on others in a community to do the same.