From cheeerleading to nursing: Michelle Lose

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1) What is your athletic background and education?

I was a competitive gymnast from the ages of 5-11. In middle school, I transitioned to cheerleading and continued to cheer through college. I cheered at Ballard High School and then at the University of Louisville for 4 years on the All Girl team. During my four years at Louisville, we won national titles my sophomore and junior year.

In 2013, I graduated with my bachelor of science in psychology from U of L, and in 2015 I graduated with my bachelor of science in nursing- also from U of L.

2) How did athletics teach you to overcome adversity in the workplace?

As a child I was actually very timid and unsure of myself. Cheerleading really taught me to come out of my shell. In college, when the stakes got much higher, I learned how to function under a lot of pressure, and keep calm in stressful situations. Cheerleading taught other invaluable lessons like teamwork and time management.

I currently work at Norton Children’s hospital in the pediatric critical care unit. My job is extremely challenging and rewarding. I use the skills I learned in cheerleading every day at work. Team work and functioning well under stress are crucial to be successful in my career.

3) What was the most challenging point of your athletic career?

Being a student athlete was my life for so long, and I was always willing to tackle all the challenges it brought along the way. The hardest thing for me was nationals my senior year of college where we earned second place- so very close to another national title. It was tough knowing that I was done with my life as a student athlete, at the same time not winning my final year. It took a couple years to learn this- but the memories I have off the mat (or outside of the gym) hold just as much importance as those made during competition.

4) What has been the most challenging point in your professional career?

There have been more challenges in my professional career than I would have imagined. Sometimes you have a rewarding, smooth, steady shift- while other shifts are heart wrenching, devastating, and exhausting. Probably the hardest part was simply having the strength to walk into that building the first year. Not knowing what type of patients you would be caring for, or the circumstances you would be walking into, was very overwhelming. However, I am more confident in myself at work now.

5) What is your advice to young student athletes today?

It goes by in the blink of an eye! Cherish all the times you have with your teammates/ friends because I promise the memories you have off the court/field/gym/mat etc. will be just as important to you as those you have from competitions/games! Most importantly, work hard, have fun, and always follow your heart!