During the summer of 2010, Wilson was chosen along with four other students from Missouri State to spend nine weeks in Washington, DC, creating a program for the International Special Olympics. “The program we created is called TRAIN (Testing Recreational Activity and Improving Nutrition), in which we combined the importance of nutrition and exercise outside of a Special Olympics event setting,” Wilson said. “We created an assessment that athletes could go through that gives them suggestions of what sports they could potentially excel at, along with providing them beneficial information they can use at home and materials that can be used by schools as well.”
As the special education major of the group, Wilson’s main responsibilities were to ensure that the entire program’s written materials were in an athlete friendly format, and to create a curriculum for schools that included numerous adaptive physical education and nutrition lessons.
There are many reasons why Wilson decided to become a Missouri State Bear, including the excellent reputation of the University’s education programs. Wilson said that the department of counseling, leadership and special education has been instrumental in providing her with the knowledge and experiences that are needed to grow and learn in the special education field. Additionally, she had many friends who were in Springfield, and the school was close enough to St. Louis that she could go home when she wanted.
The future holds many possibilities for Wilson, including continuing her education. “I'm looking at getting my master’s in the near future, along with trying to find a reliable job in the field of special education so I can put to use what I have learned in my classes!” she said.