My name is Hannah Lee and I am a senior at the University of Michigan-Flint. I will be graduating in December with my Bachelor in Health Sciences, with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration, and a minor in Spanish. I have known since my senior year of high school I wanted to pursue a career in Physical Therapy because I wanted a rewarding job that would benefit others. Additionally, I have been studying Spanish since middle school and recently took classes in American Sign Language. I believe having knowledge of multiple languages will allow me to communicate with more individuals.
During my four years at UM-Flint, I served as a member, and Vice President, of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and on two committees for Community Outreach Programs. All of these organizations have provided me with opportunities and experiences that make me proud to have chosen UM-Flint for my undergraduate education. Alternative Spring Break and Alternative Summer Break, for example, have opened my eyes to real issues in our community we often hear about, but are never exposed to the change we desire. With so much negativity in the world, it is uplifting to see first-hand the work many are doing to bring change about in their communities.
I have the university to thank for providing me with scholarships during my academic career. I received the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Myron and Margaret Winegarden Scholarship. I am grateful to the individuals who selected me as their recipient, as they chose me based on experiences I have acquired through the university. The money I received has allowed me to take additional credits in subjects that have given me a greater understanding of physical therapy and increases my excitement to enter the field. While I have a great appreciation for these scholarships, I know there are others less fortunate than myself who do not have access to the opportunities I have had. On my community service trips, I have realized that scholarships like these will allow many other students to have the opportunity to go to college. Individuals who are willing to donate money to a student’s education are more valuable than many realize. It creates a foundation for success and allows the student to worry less about finances.
My time at the University of Michigan-Flint has been more exciting than I ever imagined. As I continue in my graduate studies, I will never forget my experiences and what they taught me. In my opinion, we learn more by experiencing than simply having a knowledge of a subject. I have also met amazing people who share the same desire to give back to the community, and I am so thankful they are in my life. UM-Flint will undoubtedly continue to impact, not only the community, but future students to take advantage of the many opportunities to continue to give back as well.
UM-Flint will undoubtedly continue to impact, not only the community, but future students to take advantage of the many opportunities to continue to give back as well.