Can you describe your current position and how you came to be where you are today?
I am the owner and founder of Dolo's Fitness. Dolo’s is a personal training and sports performance fitness company. I train various individuals....athletes, adolescents, moms, dads and all people willing to work towards any fitness goal. When I graduated from MSC I applied to several gyms and was hired immediately but I didn’t feel right having to charge people high amounts for personal training. I started my business with the goal to give people a great training service for a more affordable price. It's working great as I have been in business since graduating in 2009.
Did you come to MSC already knowing what career you wanted to pursue?
I came to MSC knowing that I wanted to be in and stay in the physical fitness field. I graduated with an AS in Sports Nutrition in 2007, and Fitness Management and a BS in Human Performance and Health Promotion in 2009. With the extensive curriculum from both majors I know I would be able to stay in a field of fitness or training with more knowledge than the average trainer/coach.
How did your time at MSC prepare you for your career and did some of your experiences influence your current interests?
At MSC, I learned to deal with a lot of people, and many different personalities and situations. This is mostly from being a Resident Assistant for 4 1/2 out of my 5 years there. I learned I have to be patient and learned that everyone has different perspectives. I did several internships where I had interactions with individuals of ages ranging from 6-92 years of age. My overall interactions with a variety of people prepared me for my career.
What's been the biggest surprise or shock about post-college life?
The biggest shock about post college life to me would have to be actually paying for everything now. No more meal plans and no more easy walks to Seneca Dining Hall, bills suck! We all have to pay them so I grin and bear it.
What are your hobbies?
I'm a big foodie, which may be a bit weird being a fitness professional but I LOVE FOOD! I love trying new restaurants and going to wine tastings. The way I see it, if I eat a lot, I have to constantly work out so I stay in shape.... (laughs) sounds about right.
What’s your favorite Morrisville memory?
My favorite memory was passing my Lab Final my junior year with I think an 89%. I was so ecstatic because I was going through a lot personally that semester with things back home and wasn't focused all semester and it showed in my grades. My advisor/professor Lisa Rusch told me I need to ace the final to get a decent grade for the class and I studied my butt off and it paid off. Out of everything I did in college, I feel like that was one of the biggest challenges I overcame.
What’s your personal anthem? (A song that pumps you up, defines your life, etc.) Or, perhaps you relate more to a certain novel/movie?
My personal anthem is "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Kahled. That song pumps me up and keeps me motivated to WIN at anything I do or put my mind to. We win some and we lose some, it's life....BUT WINNING feels much, much better always!!!
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself be humble and listen. While I was growing up, before my time at MSC, I thought I knew it all. When it got to MSC I realized I didn't know anything. I had to grow up real quick and listen to others on matters that were outside of my scope. I say this quote to my athletes all the time because I learned it myself, "If you think you're the smartest person in the room, you're probably the dumbest person there."