Paige Hild (nee Benner) '17
Paige Hild (nee Benner) ‘17, Central City, originally came to Doane to become a registered dietician. She fell in love with the campus, its beauty, its rural setting, the people, the community. When she was told she would have to transfer after her sophomore year to continue her dietician studies, she didn’t want to leave the place or the people behind.
“I enjoyed the small town feel where I knew almost everyone,” Paige says. “I liked the small class sizes where I felt comfortable enough to ask questions and the professors knew me.”
Paige switched her major to Exercise Science to stay with Doane’s Health and Human Performance program. She appreciated the personal, hands-on experience Doane provided for her.
“My other options were larger schools,” she says, “and I truly don’t think I would have been as successful. Having the ability to know my professors and work with them on athletic training skills outside of the classroom at hands-on events like track meets, football games, and other events really helped me build my skills.”
Paige is currently finishing her clinicals at UNMC in Kearney, and she hopes to apply her learning by becoming a physical therapist in a rural setting. She says Doane helped her get to this point in her life through hands-on experience with student athletes and working closely with professors.
“It helped introduce me to different interventions as well as get introduced to different diagnoses,” she says. “The value of HHP at Doane is small classrooms that allow a lot of one-on-one learning. That connection helped me get recommendations for my future career as a physical therapist.”