Innovative Classrooms, Engaged Learning with Ja’niyah

Segment #3 from High Point University


Let me introduce you to Janiyah, a junior double majoring in Exercise Science and Sports Management. High Point University is ranked number one for innovation by US News, and innovation starts in the classroom. HPU places an emphasis on small class sizes and experiential learning, allowing you to learn far beyond a textbook by putting what you learn to practice, giving you real world experiences. Innovation is in the very DNA of HPU. Tell us more, Janiyah.

– Thanks Alex. Growing up, I recognized that I was a hands-on learner. That was something I looked for in universities. I toured HPU, and recognized that this was built into curriculum here through experiential learning and research opportunities. The Ivy League level laboratories that I saw I would get to work in showed me this is the right place for me. My freshman year I began doing research here in our biomechanics lab. I work with our Division 1 athletes participating in injury prevention research. I was given this opportunity through our Health Science Fellows program. We are a cohort of exercise science majors to go on venture trips to labs, do community service outreach and more. HPU small class sizes also help with getting involved in research so early. I didn’t just wanna be a number. I wanted a close mentor-mentee relationship, which is exactly what I got here. Experiential learning at HPU is 25% of the course curriculum. It’s a hands-on learning approach that no textbook could ever teach you. In my human biomechanics class, you’ll spend the class learning of movement such as the vertical counter movement jump. You would then head down to the human biomechanics lab, and see how it is in real time. Here at HPU, research begins your freshman year, students have the opportunity to be authors or co-authors of research. Students are then encouraged to present their research during on-campus conferences. There’s even a program Research Rookies designed to get freshmen into research early. I’ve built professional confidence that will help me excel in the world beyond my four years of college. Thanks to my time at High Point University and the access to innovative research materials, I know I’m set for the future. Back to you, Alex.

– Wow, Janiyah, those opportunities are unmatched. No wonder so many students impress their employers when they start out. They go into it with basically four years of real world experience. Your research looks so innovative. Best of luck.

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