Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA selected Jami Jackson as the Student of the Month for December.
Name: Jami Jackson
Hometown: Catonsville, Maryland
Undergraduate degree and school: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Towson University
What the faculty are saying about her?
Jami Jackson exemplifies the Student of the Month! She is always engaged in class, always contributing to the discussion or volunteering for demonstrations in lab. She exudes positivity and encouragement and can always turn a situation to “look at the bright side.” I enjoy hearing her laughter in class! She is kind, inquisitive, and a positive force in this program! – Lori Mize, PT, DPT, WCS Assistant Professor
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work in the medical field, but my interest in physical therapy began when I was a freshman in high school. Spending most of my free time exercising, I quickly became fascinated by the human body and was intrigued to learn more. As I gained more knowledge and experience, my passion for health and wellness continued to grow. As a result, my goal was to pursue a career in which I was actively involved with improving people’s overall quality of life.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
The opportunities and experiences that we are provided with at University of Lynchburg make putting in the hard work well worth the effort. The University of Lynchburg Community Health Clinic has provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to interact with patients, collaborate with my fellow classmates as well as the second year students, and apply what I am learning in the classroom to real clinical situations. Also, the relationships I have with the faculty and staff both in and out of the classroom are unlike anything I have ever experienced before; their constant support and encouragement is what motivates and excites me to learn more.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
Originally, I came into the program with a strong interest in orthopedics; however, as my interest in neuroanatomy has grown tremendously, I now have a strong desire to work with patients who have neurological and spinal cord injuries. Throughout the remainder of my time in the program, I would like to keep my options open and gain as much insight and experience in each field of physical therapy to truly find my niche.
What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy working out, lifting weights, hiking, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and binge watching Netflix.
What is your favorite quote?
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein