Class of 2014: While at Curry, Catherine Earns Both Her Degree and an NCAA Title


Catherine Multari
B.S.Ed. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine
Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Catherine MultariWhy did you come to the Curry School?
Prior to applying to U.Va. I was aware that I wanted to be in the Curry School and study Kinesiology.  The academic coursework covers a perfect balance between science and athletics, which is suited to my interests.  I knew that the Curry School would be small, warm and welcoming.

What is unique about your journey to or your journey while at the Curry School?
I started my first year of university in a Kinesiology program at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.  Following that experience I registered at U.Va. as a second year transfer.  During the spring of my second year I was able to realize two major goals: to get accepted into the highly competitive Curry School Kinesiology program and to win an NCAA title in rowing for U.Va.  The resources available to me at this school allowed me to achieve both of these goals that year.  And now, two years later, I am now proud to be approaching graduation with a degree from the Curry School and working towards another NCAA title in rowing. 

The Curry School has allowed me to be a part of small class sizes where collaboration among classmates and the professor is a common occurrence.  Being an international transfer student, I have not only been able to contribute a unique perspective in the classroom but have also learned so much from the intelligent, high-achieving students and staff I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by.   

Who at Curry made a special impact during your studies and how?
Sue Saliba has made a special impact on me while at Curry.  She has been my faculty advisor throughout my three years here, as well as my professor for the Athletic Injuries course.  She is truly a mentor who has shared her experience, has guided me in scholastic pursuits, and is someone I strongly respect and admire. 

What is one thing you learned here that surprised you?
One thing I learned here that surprised me is how much fun you can still have while being serious and achieving your goals in school.  I find joy in volunteering and helping others.  This program has given me the opportunity to find time outside of schoolwork to really make an impact in the community.  I have been blessed to be able to work with many organizations, my most enjoyable one being the Big Siblings program through Madison House.  This gave me the opportunity to be a positive and constant role model in a local Charlottesville child’s life developing a positive and long-lasting relationship over the past two years. 

What will you be doing next?
Upon graduation I will be returning to the University of Western Ontario in the fall of 2014 as a part-time student to complete my pre-medicine requirements with the hopes of attending medical school the following year.