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THE NEXT RIDE: Kirklen Petersen
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THE NEXT RIDE: Kirklen Petersen

With the 2018-19 season officially complete, it is time for Carolina to bid farewell to eight seniors, all of whom impacted the Gamecocks’ program in their own way. The end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, filled with countless opportunities. The Next Ride features will spotlight the seniors and their time at South Carolina. Forever to Thee.
Next up: Kirklen Petersen. Petersen joined Carolina from Great Falls, Va., and was a four-year member with the Gamecocks.
Graduation Date, Degree, Major(s):
 May 11, 2019, B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry
What was your hardest class at Carolina?
How did you pick your major?
I have always been interested in pursuing a career in the medical field as a physician. The Biology major was attractive as it provided me with a great foundation for these future studies and it satisfied all of the medical school prerequisites.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?
I received so much support from both the Gamecock equestrian team and the athletics department throughout my four years at USC. I had access to great academic/athletic advising, tutoring, internships, networking events, self-defense classes, professional development events and so much more. All of these things combined really impacted me and have shaped me into the person I am today.
Being a student-athlete is hard enough, but Gamecock equestrian and the athletics department did everything they could think of to help us be successful in and out of the classroom.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?
Gamecock equestrian and the athletics department as a whole have been extremely helpful and supportive of me as I pursue medical school. Everyone has offered to help in any way possible, which I really appreciate. College athletics has also provided valuable networking opportunities that will continue to benefit me in my future endeavors.
What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?
Our Senior Day meet against Delaware State. It was an emotional day because it was my last time competing at home. However, it was so fun to have all of our friends and family there cheering us on and it was a really nice way to end the season.
What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from Coach Major/Terebesi/Sorrel?
“Tell me something good.” – Coach Sorrel
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Attending medical school.
What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?
If riding is your passion, do everything in your power to participate in college athletics and Gamecock equestrian. It was an incredible experience and I will cherish those memories forever. Not only do you become a better rider, but a better person as a whole.