Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA selected Elise Haug as the Student of the Month for November.
Name: Elise Haug
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Undergraduate degree and school: BS in Biology, minor in Psychology, Christopher Newport University
What the faculty are saying about her:
“It has been exciting to see Elise develop confidence in her leadership abilities in the short time that she has been a member of the LC DPT family. In the classroom she regularly demonstrates acts of kindness to classmates in many ways including developing study guides to enhance their learning. Her curiosity about learning has been noted as she checks books out from Dr. Blair’s collection that are not required reading. Similarly, her efforts that go above and beyond have been noted by community members who have praised her leadership in volleyball event participation and organization in Special Olympics. Overall, we are proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her future contributions to the physical therapy profession.”
Lee Ann Wheat Eagler, PT, DPT, GCS, CLT
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
I played soccer all the way up through college and have sadly watched several teammates experience serious injuries. Some recovered back to full health, others ended up leaving the sport due to never fully recovering. I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist after witnessing this, as well as the important role physical therapy played in my own recovery from surgeries.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
I find the most exciting aspect of the program is the faculty. In the classroom, their knowledge and passion for the field is unmatched. Outside of the classroom, they always take time to answer the questions we have or help guide us when we are having difficulty finding a solution.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I actually started the program with the intent of working in ortho/sports. Since then, I have been exposed to other specialty areas, some of which I find very interesting and excited to learn more. I plan on continuing to explore all aspects of physical therapy and eventually go to a residency program once I have centered in on my passion.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy playing soccer and running. I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones, so I love watching GoT episodes. I really love reading any type of book on human behavior.
What is your favorite quote?
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant
Anything else that you’d like to share?
Speaking of the question above, one weird thing about me is that I like to collect quotes. I love quotes! I believe they have the ability to help someone express what they, themselves, have trouble putting into words. I have a quote book and anything I come across and like, I add it to the book including how I found it and the date. It’s really fun to look back through and see all the quotes I found inspiring!