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Samantha - Physical Therapy Student Ambassador

My name is Samantha, and I’m from Minooka, Illinois.  I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in physical education with a concentration in exercise science. 

My family is most important to me.  Between my two siblings, I have three nieces and two nephews whom I love to death, and my mom is probably the strongest woman in the world.  I am a HUGE country music fan, and I love when I can attend the various tours that sweep through Charleston.  I’ve maintained an active involvement in the community by volunteering at numerous different local events such as the Charleston Triathlon and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Walk of Hope.  I have also run in annual races like the Cooper River Bridge Run twice and the Reindeer Run three times. 

At MUSC, the professors genuinely want to see students succeed.  They make every effort to get to know each student so that no one becomes just a number as it is with larger programs.  The small class sizes also allow individual attention so that each student develops the clinical skills necessary to succeed.

I’ve lived in Charleston for four years now, and I cannot do justice to the Holy City by trying to describe everything it has to offer.  However, my favorite aspects of Charleston are the following: the beaches, three of which are within about 20 minutes of downtown; the history, provided by stories of local legends and some myths and of course the occasional ghost tour; the eating, offered through a wide variety of restaurants from seafood to hibachi; and the night life, where there is always something to do when study breaks are needed.  

I chose MUSC because I feel like it provides students with the whole “graduate school package”.  The location could not be more ideal, as Charleston is simply an amazing place to live.   Also, the nature of the PT program fits perfectly with my academic and professional goals.  I love that we have the opportunity to gain practical experience with our four clinical rotations prior to graduation.  I feel these will be the most valuable part of our educational experience because they allow us to practice what we learn in the classroom on real patients and perfect our clinical reasoning skills.  They will also help us to decide what we want to do after graduation, specifically which population we want to work with, which, for me, is between pediatrics and injured soldiers.

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