Orono, Maine. Tiana Buckner from Milton, Ontario, Canada, is the Outstanding Graduating International Student in the College of Education and Human Development. He has a minor in Kinesiology and Physical Education, with a minor in Exercise Science. Bucknor, a presidential scholar, is the principal captain of the women’s soccer team and a member of the Colored Student Athletes of America East Leadership Group. On campus, she serves as chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a mentor/tutor for student-athletes and a peer tutor in the College Success program. Bucknor is also a teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In the fall, she will earn a master’s degree in kinesiology and physical education. After her work in graduate school, Bucknor plans to play professional soccer, followed by a career in exercise physiology.
What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals?
I cannot begin to express what UMaine has done for me as a student, athlete, and person in general. When I transferred to the University of Maine, I came from a place where I was very unhappy, I was very lost in what I wanted to do during my time as an undergraduate, and I didn’t enjoy my time as an athlete. My confidence was very low and I felt extremely alone on my general path. The true interest and affection that the coaches have (scott atherley, Liis Abbott and Pete McDonnell) shown in my true wellness and growth as an athlete is something that really excites me. They helped me get back to full form and were patient with my hiccups and lack of confidence along the way. They were reassuring and took the time of their lives to stay with me after training sessions, in the office watching extra movies and help me work out my mistakes instead of letting me figure it out on my own.