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Kali Knapp

Kali Knapp

University of California, Irvine

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Kali's work combines: Education, Science, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

WorkStrong Coordinator

I run a post rehab and fitness program for injured employees at UC Irvine.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Exercise Science and Kinesiology

    California State University-Fullerton

  • Graduate Degree

    Exercise Science and Kinesiology

    California State University-Fullerton

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Fitness and Wellness Coordinators:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Exercise Science and Kinesiology

Graduate Degree: Public Health, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Got certified as a personal trainer to see if I enjoyed studying the movement of the body.

  • 2.

    Pursued my Bachelors in Kinesiology because I thought I wanted to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

  • 3.

    Interned at a Sports Enhancement facility and loved it more than physical therapy.

  • 4.

    Continued onto my Master's degree thinking I wanted to be a college strength coach.

  • 5.

    Got a job as a manager of UC Irvine's recreation center for the salary and benefits.

  • 6.

    While I worked in recreation, I completed an internship with the UCI Strength Coach and hated it.

  • 7.

    Recruited by UCI Police Department to work for them, but backed out prior to the academy.

  • 8.

    I realized that helping others get fit in the Rec Center was what I was passionate about ALL along.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You should make sure you're going into an area of study where you will get paid enough to earn a decent wage.

  • How I responded:

    Finding a job these days in the fitness industry that pays more than 40K per year is very difficult for someone with only a Bachelor's degree. I went back to school for my Master's degree, in part, because I could not find a job that would allow the level of living my parents expected of me. It was difficult to face that reality and know that even with a Master's degree, I still might not find a job where I made a "decent wage," which my dad would say to be at least 60K or more.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had to backtrack a bit a re-learn how to budget better because no one had ever really taught me. I wish I'd had help dealing with financial aide.