MOUNT OLIVE – Rebekah McDaniel of Woodbridge, VA is an active senior biology major at University of Mount Olive. In addition to being a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Tri-Beta National Honor Society, the 22 year-old is captain of the University of Mount Olive women’s softball team. Now, she will take the knowledge and leadership skills she has gained at MOC with her as she heads towards graduate school. She was recently accepted into Texas A&M University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. “MOC has transformed me by helping me become the person I have always wanted to be,” said McDaniel. “The small classrooms, the top-notch instruction and the real, genuine emphasis on people have helped me lay a strong foundation for life-long learning.”
When McDaniel first came to MOC, she only had a vague idea of where she wanted to focus her studies. Then she took a human anatomy class with Dr. Mickael Cariveau. “Dr. Cariveau pulled me aside and convinced me to seriously consider being a biology major. I followed his advice and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” said McDaniel.
When it was time to research graduate schools in her field, McDaniel already knew she wanted to attend Texas A&M. “A majority of my family members, including my parents, attended Texas A&M. It has been a dream of mine to go there because of their reputation for excellence in education, for the deep traditions and friendliness of the student body and for the opportunities that a graduate degree from Texas A&M is likely to afford me.”
McDaniel will be a pioneer. “The Masters of Science in Athletic Training at Texas A&M is new,” she noted. “It’s a part of the university’s expansion of their graduate programs. The sports programs at Texas A&M are quite strong and on the upsurge. As an athlete myself, I enjoy working with athletes and I enjoy helping people. I believe this program will prepare me to assist athletes recover from their injuries.”
McDaniel feels that being a student at MOC has prepared her well for the future. “The professors I have had and the classes I have taken at University of Mount Olive have supplied me with not only the knowledge, but the tools to be successful in this graduate program.”
McDaniel counts members of the MOC community, alongside her family as her biggest supporters. “I would like to thank everyone that has helped me along this wonderful journey, but a big thank you goes out to my parents, grandparents, Coach Kylis, Coach Hurba and my advisor, Dr. Cariveau,” said McDaniel. “These people have provided me with the love and support to be successful during my time at University of Mount Olive. I could not have done it without them.”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.