University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences University Honors Program
My name is Ryan Boyer, an 21 year old Senior at the University of Cincinnati. I am currently studying Health Sciences with a double major in History. I hope to one day become a physical therapist and work in a sports medicine field. I really like helping people, and find that the best way to make myself happy is to make those around me happy. It is for this reason that I want to work in physical therapy, a profession that stresses the betterment of an individual, from a physically debilitated state, to a healed one.
I was born in Chicago, IL on April 29th 1993. I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with my two parents and three brothers. Brendan (30) lives in Mason, OH, Kelsey (26), lives in Denver, CO, and my youngest brother, Shea (18), lives at home with my parents Marty and Judy, in Prospect Heights, IL. I have always been very close to my family and realize more and more as I get older that I share many of the archetypical characteristics of a “Boyer” (especially my Dad’s sometimes unfortunate sense of humor).
I graduated from Saint Viator High School in 2011 and decided to attend the University of Cincinnati because it was a place I could see myself succeeding. People often question my choice, wondering why I came to Cincinnati instead of going to a DePaul, Loyola, or other school in Chicago. I usually respond that I wanted to break out of my zone of comfort, be more independent, and that I have loved my decision every day thus far.
I am a generally outgoing person and like meeting new people, but I also enjoy quiet times by myself to read, reflect, nap, or play video games. This can sometimes annoy some of my friends who, when I don’t answer my phone for a few hours, wonder what is going on with me. Some of my hobbies include swimming, spending time with friends, playing water polo, playing piano, and eating food. Recently I have really started to work more on my musical ability, trying to add in singing/songwriting to my repertoire. In addition to these musical hobbies, I ran my first marathon in October of 2013, and loved it. Along with running, I have developed an affinity for yoga after taking a class through the UC Recreation Center in Fall of 2013. I find that it helps me increase my flexibility, decrease stress, and (most notably) prevent injury during my marathon training routine. In fact, the only injury I had during my Fall training was an inflamed cuboid bone in my foot (sounds worse than it actually is) and knee pain, and these injuries occurred during the one week I wasn’t doing yoga! Coincidence? I think not!
All and all, my experience so far at UC has been unforgettable and indispensable. I have valued many experiences, good and bad, as they help to shape who I am.
This blog is a sort of roadmap of some of the major experiences I have had through my college years. I have included stories, pictures, and reflections to personalize you with them. I hope you enjoy!