How a TWU education prepared Royal Richardson for a career helping people in medical emergencies and responding to crises in the city

“Embrace being uncomfortable. Try something you never would have considered or were too scared to. [You’ll be rewarded by] the things you will learn, the amount of growth you will go through, and the connections and relationships you will build along the way!”  
— Royal Richardson, Bachelor of Human Kinetics, 2015

For Royal Richardson, a police officer at the Vancouver Police Department, studying at Trinity Western University prepared her to help people in medical emergencies, and taught her wisdom to know how to deescalate a situation quickly and efficiently.   

The Human Kinetics grad found that her critical thinking was sharpened while at TWU. In addition, she grew in developing the physical fitness that enables her to do her current job.  

During her university years, Richardson played on the TWU Spartans women’s volleyball team. She chose the Human Kinetics program at TWU because she had initially planned on becoming an athletic therapist.

During her educational journey, Richardson grew in her Christian faith, while learning in community with others. The leadership opportunities Trinity Western provided, Richardson recalls, were some of the most meaningful experiences during her student years.  

TWU work experiences that contribute to career success

While at TWU, Richardson worked as a Strength and Conditioning Intern Coach with Spartans athletics. After she graduated, she volunteered as a team therapist and assisted in coaching club volleyball. She also pursed a minor to expand her ability to think critically and to keep an open mind. These were some of the highlights of her TWU experiences, and the choices that she feels contributed to her career success. 

Richardson loves the constant challenge in her current job. She shares that it is different every day and she gets to be there for people on the worst day of their lives. Plus, there are many different opportunities inside the career itself. For her, the most challenging parts of her job include working with the politics, the justice system, and dealing with how the public views the police officers. 

See the rewards of stepping out 

Finally, Richardson offers some words of wisdom to current and future students:

“Embrace being uncomfortable. Try something you never would have considered or were too scared to. [You’ll be rewarded by] the things you will learn, the amount of growth you will go through, and the connections and relationships you will build along the way!”  

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About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is Canada’s premier global Christian liberal arts University. We are dedicated to equipping students to discover meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. Drawing upon the riches of the Christian tradition, seeking to unite faith and reason through teaching and scholarship, Trinity Western University is a degree-granting research institution offering liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has four campuses and locations: Langley, Richmond-Lansdowne, Richmond-Minoru, and Ottawa. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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