October 2013: C.J. Pilong

Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students' success and wants to highlight students for their efforts! MFA selected Christopher "C.J." Pilong as the Student of the Month for October.

Learn how our DPT students are going above and beyond!

CJ PilongName: C.J. Pilong

Hometown: Dover, Delaware

Undergraduate degree and school: Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise - Virginia Tech

What his professors are saying about him:

“C.J. is an exemplary model of the type of student we have at Lynchburg College. He is focused in the classroom and dedicated to being a leader, both in his cohort and in his future profession. C.J. listens intently in class, analyzes what he is hearing, and asks thoughtful, probing question that indicate he is thinking about the material at a high level. He challenges himself to excel on every assignment, not out of competition with his classmates, but because he is dedicated to being the very best he can be.

I enjoy the quiet confidence with which C.J. approaches his studies, as his confidence grows out of the knowledge that he has prepared himself well to succeed. C.J. has also emerged as a leader outside of the classroom.  As class representative to the LC Pre-PT Club, C.J. has shared his passion for physical therapy and for this program with future students.  Without a doubt, any future student would be wise to emulate C.J.’s example of passion, success, and commitment. “

- Price Blair, PhD, Assistant Professor

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

Since high school my primary academic interest has been the intricate workings of the human body. I’ve also been an athlete throughout my life, with an avid interest in pretty much any sport. As I began to contemplate career opportunities, physical therapy jumped out as a great way to combine my academic and social passions. Volunteering in clinics throughout my years in college proved to be fruitful, as my drive to be a doctor of PT was cemented.

What's the most exciting part of the DPT program?

I don’t know if exciting is the right word, but my favorite aspect of the DPT program so far is without a doubt the camaraderie I share with my classmates. The closeness everyone shares is a unique experience to say the least. To know that I’m currently going through one of the most intense periods of my life, and having all my classmates alongside me to share the highs and lows that go along with it, has been extremely reassuring. Always having someone to encourage me, and being able to return the favor has in fact been one of the most appreciable aspects of PT school so far.

What do you hope to do with your degree?

My goal all along has been to work with athletes, but as I begin to select locations for my future clinical internships I’ve been sure to keep an open mind.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love playing and watching sports. I’ll take part in pretty much anything, but some of my favorites are football, soccer and baseball. Intramurals have been a good way to maintain an active lifestyle, as well as serve as great study breaks.

What is your favorite quote?

I believe my fellow Hokies will appreciate this: “For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence.”