July 2011: Samantha Foster

Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students' success and wants to highlight students for their efforts! MFA has selected Samantha Foster the Student of the Month for July.

Sam FosterName: Samantha Foster

Hometown: Greenville, S.C.

Undergraduate degree and school: B.S. in biology with a minor in secondary education from College of Charleston

What her professor says: "Samantha arrived at the program with a strong science foundation from her previous experiences and has continued her thirst for excellence with the course content within the program. She is always the first student here in the morning, has excellent time management demonstrated by her studying habits, and is always willing to lend a hand to her fellow students and faculty. Samantha regularly demonstrates how she goes above and beyond to become the best physical therapist possible to care for her future patients."

What sparked your interest in physical therapy? I experienced physical therapy first-hand after receiving rehabilitation on a broken femur. My physical therapist was honest, supportive, and taught me the skills I needed to run again. One year after breaking my leg, I completed my first marathon thanks to the dedication and expertise of my physical therapist.

What's the most exciting part of the DPT program? Each day I have the opportunity to learn from the strengths of others in my class. We work together as a team, using our diverse learning styles as a resource to comprehend and retain the information we are learning.

What do you hope to do with your degree? I would like to pursue orthopedics, manual physical therapy, and amputee rehabilitation.

What are some of your hobbies? My hobbies include running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my husband and family.

What is your favorite quote? "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes." - Charles Swindoll

Anything else you would like to share? Before coming to the DPT program, I taught ninth-grade biology. Before each DPT practical or test, I think about my previous students and wonder if they realize I now fully understand how they felt before the photosynthesis/cellular respiration test.