My grandmother had a stroke in December 2000. After her third brain surgery, she remained with left-sided hemiparesis. After seeing the intense work that the physical therapists did to help her walk again, I decided that one day I would be a physical therapist. It’s a fulfilling career that would enable me to help others who have had unfortunate obstacles in their lives.
After graduating, I am going to move back to the Rio Grande Valley and work as a physical therapist. My hope is to work with geriatric patients who have suffered from strokes and other neurological disorders.
The curriculum and material I have been taught is without a doubt preparing me for my career. I’m learning how to interact with patients and handle clinical situations that I may one day have to handle in the real world.
Many professors from Texas State helped me accomplish my goals, but it was Dianne McCabe who really encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and present my academic work to others. Her passion for teaching is clearly demonstrated through her teaching methods and continuous support for her students. She was the first professor to encourage me to present my honors thesis at a conference, and she played an integral role in the production of my thesis. By having her as a professor, I was able to fully take advantage of everything the honors program and the university has to offer.
Don’t be afraid to work in study groups. With the right mix of peers, studying becomes more effective, yet you still get to have fun. Also, don’t cram for a test. Keep up with notes and lectures to avoid the “all-nighter syndrome.”
Student commencement speaker for the College of Education, fall 2007; honors program graduate; National Collegiate Honors Conference Presenter; dean’s list.
I enjoy baton twirling, working out, scrapbooking and spending as much time as I can with my husband and family.
The Campus Rec Center. Nothing relieves my stress more than a good workout.
I had other universities and programs to choose from, but I chose Texas State because of its welcoming environment and beautiful atmosphere. Since I chose to come back to Texas State for my graduate studies, it’s easy to see how much of an impact the university has had had on my education. It can have the same impact for any student who chooses to come here. When I left home to attend Texas State, I was scared because I was away from my entire family. Having the professors I had and being involved in the organizations I was a part of made the transition from high school to college smoother and not so intimidating. Throughout my undergraduate career and now in my graduate career, I have yet to find a professor who isn’t easy to talk to. By being able to talk to professors, I was able to quickly adjust to college life a lot easier. You don’t get that level of comfort from anywhere else.