Senior Spotlight: Barr plans to demonstrate mission through future career

John Wooden, legendary head basketball coach at UCLA once said, “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” 

That is the quote that inspires senior athletic training major Addison Barr. 

“Especially in current times, things don’t always work out how we wish for them to, but we must make the best of and find positives in every situation,” Barr said.

With a heavy involvement in campus activities, Barr has been a member of the volleyball team and very involved in the Athletic Training Student Association/Health Science Student Association. 

“Through these organizations, we did a great deal of various service activities,” Barr said.

After graduation, Barr plans to use her degree in a way that demonstrates Waynesburg University’s mission.

“I plan to become an athletic trainer for a local high school. By helping patients and serving my community in the healthcare field, I plan to continue to spread Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and service,” Barr said.

Finding it difficult to pinpoint one single person who has influenced her time at Waynesburg, Barr explained that her inspiration was from a group of people she was often surrounded by. 

“Collectively, it would definitely be my professors and fellow senior athletic training students,” Barr said. “They push me to be the best I can be and are the reason I am where I am now.”

With so much to reflect on after graduating, she said the community on campus will often be what she thinks about. 

“I will miss the people the most. I’ve met so many amazing people and my best friends at WU. The people of WU have made Waynesburg home for the past four years. I’ll miss that feeling of belonging,” Barr said. 

Christopher Cink, chairperson of the Health and Science Department, said Barr was helpful in the transition from in-person classes to online, as well as with self-study in the program, by assisting him in communication with the other students.

“She has really established a leadership role amongst her peers,” he said.

Although she is disappointed that the end of her college career was not as anticipated, Barr said the situation taught her a valuable lesson. 

“Never take the future or any time with those you love for granted,” Barr said. 

As for students who are currently still pursuing their undergraduate degree, Barr hopes that they enjoy their time left at Waynesburg University.

“Many people wish their college years away but it truly is the best time of your life,” she said. 

“Every once in a while, stop to take it all in and appreciate the exact place you are in life. It all goes by way too fast.”

Barr said she could not have made it where she is today without the constant love and support from family and friends.

“To each and every one of you, thank you for the memories,” Barr said.