MTU Kinesiology Student Embraces Possibility

Corey Miller cares for elders in a neighborhood nursing house, delivering an critical services
to her community that’s also serving to to clarify her profession objectives.

International pandemics do not offer you silver linings or golden possibilities. But they can
open up the doorway to new choices — of locating means to transfer ahead even in the most
dire of situations and to be of services while carrying out so. For Michigan Technological College
pupil Corey Miller, a 2019 workout science graduate working on her accelerated master’s degree in kinesiology, that usually means caring for elders at PortagePointe, a expert rehabilitation facility
in Hancock that features 24-hour nursing treatment to 60 people.

Miller, a certified nursing assistant (CNA), began get the job done at PortagePointe all through
the 2020 spring semester and ideas to continue on by means of tumble semester. It’s her second
stint at the facility. She worked there section-time from 2016 to 2018 while finishing
her undergraduate degree. Michigan Tech pupils on the pre-health and fitness specialist track
and community health and fitness treatment vendors have a extended heritage of working with each other: pupils
get time with mentors and interaction with sufferers while serving to to fill critical

“I was thinking about heading back again to PortagePointe after my undergraduate internship
in Australia in the summer season of 2019, but my tutorial timetable did not allow for me to maintain
a section-time posture,” stated Miller, who hails from Calumet. “Before COVID-19 transpired
I was only capable to implement for a ‘float,’ posture, meaning I would get two shifts for each
month. After courses moved on the net I was capable to select up a posture and can manage
it heading into my remaining semester of courses right before my master’s internship in the spring.”

Making a Variation in Local community Health and fitness

In 2016, Miller was among the initial group of pupils to get an $eight,000 renewable
Portage Health and fitness Foundation Making a Variation Scholarship, each year awarded to neighborhood pupils finding out in a health and fitness-associated discipline. As section of
scholarship requirements, Miller and fellow 2016 recipients made and manage a
HOSA Future Health and fitness Experts Club on campus. “We’ve assisted Wellness market health and fitness-associated matters with bi-weekly Health and fitness
Huts in the Library,” stated Miller. “We also do other volunteer initiatives on campus
— and are often coming up with new suggestions.”

Where does one learn that form of versatile thinking? Miller credits two yrs of review overseas activities.

A young woman in a pink poncho, hat, and hiking boots smiles above Machu Picchu in Peru with the Andes Mountains in the background.
Miller at Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru in 2019.

“Semester at Sea authorized me to travel to 12 diverse nations on a ship for 4 months all through tumble
2018,” she stated. “I learned that points really do not often go in accordance to system and currently being
capable to adapt to improvements is crucial. I ongoing with this philosophy traveling
in Australia carrying out my undergrad internship, and when I created a side vacation to South The united states

The CNA occupation underscores the multigenerational dimension of Miller’s health and fitness and wellness
coaching and outreach. In addition to working with more mature people today, she’s on workers with
Michigan Tech’s University student Health and fitness and Wellness, and is also working to educate both college or university pupils and teens about the hazards
of vaping. She also did some get the job done associated to integrative physiology PhD candidate
Joshua Gonzalez’s investigate on the consequences of vaping on healthful young older people, but feels her strengths lie in the interactive instruction ingredient rather than the

A young woman in scrubs smiles in front of a hospital outside with a blue sky in Hancock, Michigan
Miller is targeted on health and fitness and wellness — as a profession and a way of life. In the latter
scenario, fitting self-treatment into a packed timetable isn’t really often straightforward. But she tries.

Returning to get the job done at PortagePointe all through the state of Michigan’s keep-house get
needed additional precautions. Miller took further coaching to make sure good use of
private protecting devices (PPE) and other protection steps needed to prevent
the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

“The get the job done is bodily demanding, but delivering my elders with the highest excellent
of treatment is value all the functioning all-around I do,” she stated, adding that it’s been difficult
for people to not be capable to have website visitors inside the facility. Someone desires
to cheer them up — and that anyone is really normally Miller.

“I am form of a goofball who is often smiling and dancing all-around the facility. Holding
an upbeat individuality assists preserve the elders cheerful most of the time.”Corey Miller, ’19, workout science, and present graduate pupil, kinesiology

In return, her elders have encouraged new choices as she considers what’s subsequent
after MTU.

“For a extended time, I’d believed I wanted to be a healthcare physician. Realizing that was not
what I wanted was difficult,” she stated. “Coming back again to the nursing house and working with
elders who are carrying out their going for walks systems has assisted me think about a doctorate of physical therapy (DPT). My main checks all the prerequisite containers. I just will need to get much more shadowing
several hours with a DPT.”

Like numerous caregivers, Miller acknowledges that she tends to be a “workhorse” and is
greater at advocating self-treatment than carrying out it. But she makes a aware exertion.

“I consider to intertwine points I delight in carrying out with points I will need to get performed for specialist
schools,” she stated. “Working as a CNA, for illustration, assists me get client treatment several hours
and expertise working in health and fitness treatment. My vape presentation permits me to do much more community
outreach to satisfy my remaining necessity for my scholarship and offer instruction on
a warm subject that this community desires.” Workouts are a favourite way to loosen up, including
fat coaching, yoga, and functioning. “I’m at this time coaching to run my initial marathon
by the finish of the summer season somewhere in the Keweenaw,” she stated. “Just for exciting, not
an formal race.”

She also reminds people today that no one is upbeat all the time, and acknowledging pressure
and carrying out one thing to counteract it is crucial.

“I am not heading to lie, this problem has prompted me some anxiousness. I am human, so
I know it is Alright and wholly standard,” she stated. “I am in a natural way a glass-half-complete
form of person and what assists me preserve my delighted mindset, specially all through these difficult
situations, is to keep on a healthful timetable of performing exercises, get the job done and reaching out to my
buddies and spouse and children. I like to invest a ton of time connecting with nature by path
functioning or out of doors yoga — I invest a ton of time out at Farmers Block the place my spouse and children
owns 40 acres.”

“I have learned to concentration on myself much more and keep serene all through difficult situations,” she additional.

A further lesson learned because the starting of the pandemic: do your own investigate and
concentration on the details.

“I have learned to consider anything I see on the information or social media with a grain
of salt,” Miller stated. “There is so a great deal misinformation out there that if you do not
check out the place it arrives from, you can get on your own anxious or worked up for no purpose.”

When questioned if there is anything she’d like to tell returning pupils, Miller targeted
on trying to keep our campus united and our community healthful.

“With all the new protection steps that are currently being executed, let’s all return to
campus with an open up thoughts and consider just about every working day one working day at a time. If we all do our section,
we can preserve ourselves and the community healthful.”Corey Miller, ’19, workout science, and present graduate pupil, kinesiology

Michigan Technological College is a community investigate university, house to much more than
7,000 pupils from fifty four nations. Started in 1885, the College features much more than
120 undergraduate and graduate degree systems in science and technologies, engineering,
forestry, organization and economics, health and fitness professions, humanities, mathematics, and
social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Higher Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway
and is just a handful of miles from Lake Top-quality.