We are excited to continue our Alumni Reflection series this month with a sneak peak into the life of recent alum, Kayleigh Burns (nee Rodgers).
Kayleigh Rodgers graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy, and soon after became Mrs. Kayleigh Burns. She currently lives in Upland, California, with her husband, Paul, and is a full time graduate student at Western University of Health Sciences, Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. In her free time (if that is even possible), Kayleigh continues her work as a Teaching Assistant for the College of Allied Health.
I had the wonderful opportunity to learn a little more about Kayleigh this month…and what better month to feature our Pre-PT alum, then National Physical Therapy Month! So…thank you Kayleigh for taking some time to answer a few questions.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: My plans for the future are to graduate from PT school, hopefully travel a little and find a job. I would love to be able to practice in the pediatric field, however, there are several other fields within PT that are fascinating to me. Praying that the Lord will lead me where he needs me.
Q: Tell us more about your family?
A: I just recently got married in June! I do not have any kids, but hoping for kids in the distant future.
Q: Ok, think back. What was your favorite food or dish at CBU?
A: There are so many amazing food options at CBU, although if I had to pick just one I would have to say the pizza.
Q: So, why did you choose CBU for your education?
A: I chose CBU because I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted an education that would prepare me for anything and everything. I had heard amazing things about CBU and I desired to receive an education that was not only academically challenging, but spiritually challenging, as well. I am so glad that I did choose CBU because I know that years down the road, CBU’s faculty and staff will still be making an impact on my life and influencing me.
Q: What college subjects did you like the best? What did you like the least? Why?
A: The college subjects that I liked the most were the exercise/ Anatomy classes that focused on movement and pathologies. Technically this could be a wide range of classes from Anatomy to Movement Anatomy, as well as, an extra class that I took that focused on a different pathology each week and looked at the adaptions that would need to be made in order to help that person according to their specific needs. The class I liked the least, is actually harder to choose then you would expect. I am sure that if you asked my friends and family they would say Physics hands down, but personally, I had a love hate relationship with physics. I loved it when I understood it, but at other times it was so frustrating, but one thing I will say for Physics is that it taught me determination and diligence. I can honestly say, hard work pays off! I guess if I really had to choose a subject that was my least favorite I would have to say art. Although, its not because I didn’t love the class or that I didn’t learn anything, but it was poor timing with the class. I took it my senior year and learning how to draw circles was the last thing I wanted to focus on.
Q: Describe how your favorite course has contributed to your career interests.
A: My favorite class prepared me for physical therapy in so many ways. It demonstrated that in physical therapy you aren’t only searching to help the person become more physically fit, but it so much more intricate than that. You have so many other things that place importance when treating a patient. For example, when treating a patient you not only need to be worried about building strength, but confidence, decreasing fear, improving all around health and helping them to be healthier and stronger than they were before they got sick or hurt. Being in the medical field it gives healthcare providers a beautiful opportunity to help heal not only the physical ailments, but their spiritual ones as well. I strongly encourage anyone looking into being in the medical field to not only develop their strengths in sciences, but their communication skills and to have a strong faith that they can use to spread the gospel. One thing, that I did not completely realize till I got to grad school is that first and foremost a Physical Therapist needs to be able to build trust and a friendship with their patient, that small piece of treatment will play a major role in whether or not your treatment plan will truly be effective.
Q: Describe your most rewarding college experience.
A: My most rewarding college experience would have to be either receiving the PT award at the hooding ceremony or having the honor of being the banner bearer at graduation. These two experiences are not my most rewarding because I was given recognition, but I view it more as confirmation. I was given an amazing honor to represent the College of Allied Health and that is a moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life. The College of Allied Health not only helped me grow, but they were there for me every step of the way. Throughout college my family experienced trials that I could have never expected and there were several times that I second guessed whether or not finishing my education right now, was where I was called to be, but walking into graduation holding that banner was such an amazing moment for me. I could officially say not, “I did it!”, but that “We did it!” God had me at CBU for a purpose and I believe that a major piece of that purpose was so that I could learn grow and be supported through this program.
Q: If you had one academic or campus life redo, what would it be and why?
A: One of my only regrets with campus life would be that I never went to any of the major events, I missed out on Yule and Midnight Madness. I am all for putting your education first, but don’t forget to enjoy every experience that CBU has to offer, even the recreational ones!
Q: Any advice for current students?
A: Enjoy every minute, the good and the bad, each experience is a learning opportunity. I encourage you to stretch yourself and seek to grow as much as you can through this experience. Don’t forget the material you learn in college your going to need it again in your future aspirations. Cramming won’t be beneficial for you now or later. Lastly, dare to dream God size dreams! God created you for a purpose don’t be afraid to reach for the purpose that He created you for! I am living my God Size Dream. Are you?
Thank you so much Kayleigh for your words of wisdom. Blessings to you as you continue with your doctoral program…and make sure you come back and visit us!
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