DEMOREST – Courtney Ziemba discovered her love for athletic training through her high
school trainer, Tony.
“He would do anything and everything he could to help,” says Ziemba when discussing Tony, her high school athletic trainer. “He was always supportive no matter what so athletic training sounded like a good job for me.”
She described his methods as, “If you’re not going to help me, I’m not going to help you.” Since joining the staff in the Summer 2019, Ziemba has found the most rewarding aspect of her job is the people. Everyone is very supportive at the college, which is something that Ziemba is very grateful for. The office in which Ziemba works has provided her significant friendships and laughs.
“We are all very much alike in this office to where we are very sarcastic all the time,” she said. “We all hang out with each other outside of work. I love all the coaches here.” Softball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball are some of the various sports that she played growing up, so her current position as an assistant athletic trainer is fitting. “I was one of those kids that never talked about anything, so I would come home from school, do my homework, and then go to bed,” she said.
Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ziemba said that growing up with two trouble-making brothers pushed her to do more fast-paced activities, “Playing with girls was too slow for me.” Later in life, Ziemba moved to Texas for graduate school. Eventually, she moved to Georgia on her own, surprising her parents once again. Today, her family remains in Michigan, where her two brothers and mom work in construction, while living within a 45-minute radius of one another.
Moving so far away from home is risky, but Ziemba isn’t afraid to take risks, a belief that has served her well in life. “Don’t be afraid to take certain shots, even if you miss.”
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