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Conversations with Emily Cook

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Cook.

Hi Emily, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Emily Cook and I am from York, Pennsylvania. I grew up playing sports all my life, especially soccer. I started playing at the age of 6 and fell in love with the game. I started off playing on my local club teams and my middle and high school teams. I eventually advanced to a high level club team located in Philadelphia, PA and also had the honor to be on the Pennsylvania State Team. From there I was recruited to play at the collegiate level for Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. I played and studied there for 2 years and during my second year I was accepted to the Spain study abroad program. I lived and studied in Valladolid, Spain for 2 months and got my certificate of completion from the Universidad de Valladolid. After completing that program, I left Pennsylvania and started my next chapter in Savannah in August 2017. I was accepted to The Savannah College of Art & Design to pursue a degree in Interior Design while also playing for the SCAD Women’s Soccer Team. I played my first year at SCAD but unfortunately had to put an end to my soccer career in 2018 due to a knee injury.

After that, things started going downhill. I suffered from depression and anxiety. My grades were terrible. I didn’t have great physical health. I was very much to myself and rarely left my apartment. I never saw my friends and stopped going to class. I was in a very dark place and it wasn’t safe for me to be alone anymore. I went home and took a quarter off from SCAD to get help and re-evaluate. Coming back the following quarter, I was ready to work. I had changed my major to Industrial Design and added a minor in Package Design. That first quarterback, I got straight A’s (first time in my life) and every quarter after that, I’ve made Dean’s List. Now, after almost 6 years, I will be graduating with a BFA degree in Industrial Design this coming June. Outside of the classroom, I got into lifting and working out and I fell in love with it. It changed my life drastically mentally and physically. Shoutout to Sam Carter for teaching me everything I know when it comes to all things health and fitness. He gave me hope and pulled me out of a very dark place and I will be forever grateful for him.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been pretty bumpy along the way but that’s what made me better and made me the woman I am today. I mainly struggled with learning who I really am. I changed myself a lot and pretended to be someone I wasn’t just in hopes of being accepted by certain people and doing that was mentally draining. It took some time but I was finally able to find myself and live for me and do what makes me happy.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a student at the Savannah College of Art & Design majoring in Industrial Design with a minor in Package Design. I specifically would like to design electronics such as headphones, speakers, etc. or go into Footwear Design and design sneakers and cleats/spikes. On the other hand, I have my Personal Trainer Certification and have a passion for health and fitness and helping others achieve their goals— physically and mentally.

What does success mean to you?
Success is setting goals, working hard towards them and eventually accomplishing them. On a more personal note, success to me, would be graduating in a few months. Success to me, would be helping a client reach their fitness goals and seeing them happy and determined to keep going. Success to me, is being able to do what I love while helping others.

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