April 2014: Jessica Bagbey
Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students' success and wants to highlight students for their efforts! MFA has selected Jessica Bagbey as the Student of the Month for April.
Learn how our DPT students are going above and beyond!
Name: Jessica Bagbey
Hometown: Virgilina, Virginia
Undergraduate degree and school: Radford University, BS Exercise, Sport, and Health Education: Sports Medicine
What her professors are saying about her:
“Jessica is a model student in all her courses. She comes prepared, actively participants, engages in discussion, asks clarifying questions and shares her insights with classmates. She has a passion for physical therapy and the role therapists can play in the broader community.
Already as a first year student, Jessie has stepped up to a leadership position in the Wheels on the James Student Professional Involvement program. She led efforts to reorganize the program records for participants and recipients and has now become the main point of contact keeping all organization members up to date with activities. Due in large part to her efforts, the most recent event had the largest turnout yet with many excited bikers and very pleased parents. Her organization skills, creativity, energy and passion make her a joy to work with.“
- Terry Leahy PT, PhD, NCS, Assistant Professor
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
While I was growing up, a ton of my relatives were having surgeries and consistently having difficulties afterwards. I soon became interested in learning how to help them. I also played sports all of my life and worked with trainers, which kept me interested in both sides of the playing field.
What's the most exciting part of the DPT program?
The most exciting part, without question, is the closeness our class and program shares. We have had quite a few downfalls, heartbreaks, setbacks, and lessons learned, but throughout all of it, we have remained there for one another. I thoroughly enjoy going through this journey with such awesome people. I have met some of the best friends I could ever ask for who are there for me, no matter what.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
With what I've learned so far and past experiences, I plan to pursue outpatient or pediatrics.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing cornhole, volleyball and softball, fishing and hunting, and spending time with family. I also enjoy spending most of my time with my Weimaraner, Sadie.
What is your favorite quote?
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
Anything else that you'd like to share?
I have really enjoyed participating in The Wheels on the James professional involvement project. The smiles on those kid's faces after receiving their bikes and riding them for the first time in years is priceless. It really puts meaning into what we do and makes all of the studying and exams worth every minute.