Name: Cynthia Burrows
Program: Kinesiology, Personal Training Certificate
One Word That Describes You: Passionate
Hobbies: Theatre, dancing (ballet, modern jazz, tap), physical fitness, reading, cooking
What drew you to the Personal Training program?
My 33 years of teaching theatre at Stevenson High School along with my nearly life-long
study of dance has revealed to me the power of movement as a means of communication,
making internal connections between one's body, mind and emotions, as well as making
external connections between people.
What inspired your decision to come to Harper College?
My decision was inspired by speaking with Jonathan Loos last spring about the program
he developed at Harper. We discussed his background and philosophy about exercise
science, my background and philosophy about theatre education along with my ideas
about the possibility of integrating acting skill sets with exercise science skill
sets as a means to enhance personal well-being. It sounded intriguing as well as possible,
so here I am.
What has your experience at Harper been like thus far?
Eye opening for sure. There are many ideas about fitness that have been revealed and
many misconceptions that have been debunked via the classes I have taken and the work
I have completed thus far.
What are your hopes and goals after Harper and beyond?
I would love to combine my many years of training and practice as a high school acting
teacher and director with my new and developing knowledge and practice of exercise/fitness
science to develop programming that focuses on enhancing physical, mental, and emotional
well-being. It would be for anyone who desires to live more functionally, more comfortably,
but in particular senior citizens. The truth is, many more of us are living longer,
but not necessarily better. So, I would like to use my expertise in theatre and teaching
along with my love and life-long practice of dance with my emerging knowledge of exercise/fitness
to help guide people along a path of living well, not just longer.
What advice do you have for future students who are considering studying this subject?
Keep an open mind and attend class regularly. You don’t want to miss the important
exchange of ideas between the professor and your fellow students. Often we allow what
we think we know to prevent us from seeing, hearing and thinking with new perspectives--and
new perspectives are necessary for learning.
First, Jonathan Loos for helping see and believe in the potential for new approaches
and my brothers Jim, Dan and John for their encouragement to continue to learn and
Let's get started.
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