Cheering on the Patriots with Kristen Sherrerd '16

February 13, 2015

Kristen Sherrerd

As a Patriots Cheerleader, Kristen was on the field as the Patriots won the Super Bowl!

What are you studying?

I'm an exercise science major in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program.

What drew you to your major?

Growing up, math and science were always my favorite subjects in school. Throughout high school, I explored different careers in the medical field while volunteering at a local hospital, but I was drawn to physical therapy after my mom had a total knee replacement. She had extensive physical therapy after her surgery, and it was extremely helpful in her recovery.

Years later, my grandmother suffered a massive stroke; she was left completely paralyzed on one side and experienced muscle weakness on the other. Physical therapy and occupational therapy were a huge part of her recovery, and she was able to regain so much of her strength. It was incredible to see her progress, and to see that physical therapy gave her so much hope. I'm so excited to someday be part of that recovery process for others, and I know that my career as a physical therapist is going to be extremely rewarding.

What's your favorite part of your program?

Practicing the skills we learn on classmates and friends. It's always exciting to be able to apply what you learn in “real” situations.

What's your favorite class you've taken so far?

One of my favorite classes I’ve taken at Simmons so far was an Honors course called Learning by Giving. The students in the class split up into groups to work with five different non-profit organizations in Boston, and eventually write a grant proposal for them. As a class, we had $10,000 to give to the organizations we felt could make a meaningful impact. I worked with an organization called Steps to Success, and at the end of the semester we were able give them a grant enabling them provide free Internet and refurbished computers to students in need.

What's it like being a Patriots Cheerleader?

Being a Patriots Cheerleader has been an incredible experience! I was on the sidelines cheering on the team at every home game, and had the opportunity to cheer at the Super Bowl! I was also part of some amazing promotional appearances including Dream Ride, which benefits the Special Olympics, and Dancing for Hope, which supports St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children here in Boston. I also performed with the Patriots Cheerleaders during a Jason Aldean concert and at the Boston Commons’ Holiday Tree Lighting. This past year has been one of the most exciting years of my life, and I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

What was the audition process like?

The audition process is about a month long, and consists of a preliminary audition, personal interview, final audition, and a two-week boot camp. I actually thought that I was cut after final auditions, as my name was not called on the list of girls who advanced to boot camp because my application was stuck to the one on top of it. A few days later I received an email with information regarding the boot camp and thought it was a mistake. However, after reaching out to the director, I realized I had in fact made it to boot camp! I drove to the stadium that same night for practice, and two weeks later, my name was on the list of 2014-2015 Patriots Cheerleaders!

What was it like being at the Super Bowl when the Patriots won?

Being on the field at the Super Bowl when the Patriots won was a feeling I will never forget! After Malcolm Butler made the interception at the end of the fourth quarter, Patriots fans in the stadium erupted, and the energy on the sidelines was electric; the Patriots were Super Bowl XLIX champions! As the red, white and blue confetti filled the air and covered the field, we ran out on to the field cheering, hugging and celebrating an incredible win at the biggest football game of the year!

What's your dream job?

My dream job would be to work as a physical therapist in a rehabilitation hospital.

Fill in the blank: I love Simmons because...

...it encourages me to appreciate diversity and has provided me with many opportunities to develop my skills as a leader.