Amy Pajcic, a fourth-year veterinary student at the college, recently competed in American Ninja
Warrior. Michelle Warnky, a fellow classmate, introduced Pajcic to the reality TV show. She says she had watched the show and always thought it
would be amazing to compete, but never imagined she would actually be able to do it. After training with Michelle and some other ninja friends, Pajcic submitted her
video application and kept her fingers crossed.
Pajcic was studying in her favorite spot, the RPAC hot tub,
when she got the call inviting her to compete in the St. Louis Region. There
are about 20,000 applicants and only around 100 get to compete in each of the
five regions. She says she was very lucky that she didn't have any tests
or major labs during the competition.
“It was a really incredible experience
hanging out with other ninjas; I was with my own species,” Pajcic said. “We
would all walk around town, climbing walls and jumping over things, it was so
What’s next for Pajcic? She found out in early June that she
received a wild card entry to the American Ninja Warrior finals in Las Vegas! In addition to the Top 15 competitors from each regional event advancing to the finals, wild card entries are also selected. These can be a competitor the event organizers would like to see have another try. The finals will air at 9 p.m., August 11 on NBC.
After this season of American Ninja Warrior, she has other
similar competitions lined up for herself. She has qualified for the World
Championship Obstacle Course Race, which is located near Cincinnati, Ohio. She
also plans to tackle The World's Toughest Mudder again this year. She finished
in third place last year with only a month of training, and with a full year of
training this time, she has high hopes of doing even better.
Pajcic would like to thank the clinicians she worked with,
“They worked with me to allow me to continue competing. It is definitely not
easy to always find time to work out with the schedule in clinics, but doing so
keeps me sane...or maybe it just makes me crazier, I haven't decided yet.”
Pajcic is considering becoming a veterinarian for the Army,
however, if she decides to not follow that track, she will likely work at a
mixed animal practice. Aside from training for American Ninja Warrior, Pajcic is an avid runner and rock climber, and works out with United States Marine Corps officer candidates twice a week. Exercise is her primary method of stress relief, and veterinary school can be quite stressful at times!