Student Spotlight: Gabriella Mazzorana

This spring, we are celebrating some of our outstanding students who are graduating this semester. We wish all of our graduating students the best as they begin the next chapter of their journeys.

Gabriella Mazzorana

Name: Gabriella Mazzorana

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida

Program: Exercise Physiology (B.S.)

Why did you choose your program?

As one pursuing a career as a physician, I sought to immerse myself in courses that would best prepare me for my dream. The Exercise Physiology program is replete with courses in anatomy and physiology, which persuaded me to switch from the initial degree I was seeking. I became enamored with the possibilities of what I could learn: topics ranging from human sciences to exercise and nutrition. Not only could these courses enhance my understanding of the subject matter of my future career goals, but they also educate me in wellness. This is a topic that I have always been fascinated by, and it made me want to learn more. This program provides the opportunity to familiarize myself with topics that are valuable for a pre-medical student and for enhancing my own well-being. Ultimately, I chose the Exercise Physiology program because of its applications to human health and prosperity.

What's your favorite part of your program?

My favorite part of the Exercise Physiology program is that it has granted me the knowledge to improve my health and that of others. The courses in Exercise Physiology culminate into my understanding that exercise and proper nutrition are paramount to good health. The information taught in these courses provides guidelines for good health with supporting physiology. For instance, these classes have taught me the importance of strength training for maintaining bone health and injury prevention and the importance of aerobic activity for maintaining cardiovascular health. Because of the knowledge gained from this program, I have been able to transform from a relatively sedentary person to a weight-lifter, half-marathon runner, and one who is cognizant of nutrition. The knowledge gained from the coursework catalyzed my creation of a run club and helped my family members get active to improve their health. 

All of this has been made possible by my professors. A program that invites you to excel in and outside of the classroom is worthy of special recognition. I graduate this spring and would like to acknowledge that the educators of this program are one-of-a-kind. Graduation marks a milestone in my life but it is also a celebration of the faculty that has inspired and guided me every step of the way. The professors of this program facilitate a nurturing learning environment filled with enthusiasm, mentorship, and thoughtful explanations. They are always available to help you, whether it is to explain a topic or encourage you to register for your first race. The professors of this program are incredible educators and human beings.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I aim to attend medical school and become a physician. It is my passion to serve others through healthcare. I take a special interest in spreading care to underserved communities. I aspire to serve the underserved and do so with a smile and warmth. I am a firm believer that the nutrition and movement we incorporate into our lives is extremely impactful on our health. The knowledge that I have gained from the Exercise Physiology program is impermeable to my being and I will carry it with me throughout my future practice as a physician. More than anything, I aspire to become the type of physician who makes patients feel heard and freed of the pain that prevents them from enjoying the gift of life.