student profile: Corey ROSS When Corey Ross decided to attend Lindsey Wilson College it was with one goal in mind, to become a collegiate athlete in BMX cycling. Little did he know he was enrolling at the school that would help him to make all of his dreams a reality. “Seven years ago I decided to race in the BMX novice class for the first time at Grand Nationals in Tulsa, (Okla.). I didn’t lose a race all weekend. It was there my passion for cycling was ignited. So when I started looking at college choices, I knew it had to be one with a top-rated cycling program.” Ross declared professional status as a BMX cyclist two years ago – about the same time as he decided to join the LWC nursing program. He says he was encouraged by the success of fellow BMX cyclists and LWC alums, Danny and Stephanie Caluag who earned their nursing degrees in 2014. Danny represented the Philippines in BMX cycling at the 2012 London Olympic games. “I saw the Caluags successfully navigate the rigors of nursing school and professional racing,” said Ross. “They didn’t sacrifice anything while at LWC. I realized it was possible for me to do the same.” Ross, who expects to graduate in spring 2018, says he has the best of both worlds at Lindsey Wilson College. “A nursing career allows me to work with people and learn about the body the way I have always wanted,” said Ross. “At Lindsey Wilson, I’m allowed to pursue the career I want while “ At Lindsey Wilson, I’m allowed to pursue the career I want while continuing to race. To have all that in one package deal has been a blessing.” continuing to race. To have all that in one package deal has been a blessing.” During school breaks Ross uses his free time to teach children the sport of BMX racing in his hometown of Portage, Ind. “Back home I’m Coach Corey,” Ross said. “When I was coming up in the sport, I had a lot of people to help me along the way. So for me this is my way to give back.” Ross says the children he teaches, mostly ranging from five to 12 years in age, motivate him to keep working hard and never give up. “When I’m at a race and all the stress is on me – and then all of a sudden I hear a little kid yell out my name from the sidelines – it give me chills. It’s just another thing that keeps me going.” And Ross says it’s his work with youth programs that has helped him to find a second passion in life beyond racing. “My calling is to go into pediatric nursing upon graduation and much of that I can attribute to my work with the kids in my BMX classes.” Ross was hesitant about attending a small school but says now he couldn’t imagine his life without Lindsey Wilson and the family he has gained through his time here. “I have never regretted coming to Lindsey Wilson College. A small college is not for everyone, but for me it has been totally life changing. I have grown so much here. It’s a big part of who I am as a person. This is home.” 21
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