Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts! MFA selected William Merring as the Student of the Month for September.
Name: William Merring
Hometown: Easton, Penn.
Undergraduate degree and school: Biology at East Stroudsburg University
What the faculty are saying about him:
“Throughout Will’s time here at Lynchburg College DPT, faculty and staff have witnessed him demonstrate many characteristics of leadership, professionalism, and motivation to his classmates. He is always one of the first to participate in class, always engaged and ready to learn. He sets a great example to the rest of his classmates in this regard. He is also known for reaching out and helps other students in their studies or preparation for lab practicals.
As a GA, Will is extremely helpful, organized, and is always willing to take initiative. We are very proud to have Will as a future colleague and physical therapist!”
– Lori Mize, PT, DPT, WCS
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
When I was in undergraduate school, I was involved in a major car accident. Physical therapy was one of the few things that got me out of my hospital room and house, once I was home. I was intrigued by the rewarding nature of the job as the PT’s worked side by side to help me overcome my injuries. Once I was able to go back to school, I knew PT would be my profession.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
My relationship with the professors has been nothing like I experienced as an undergrad. The professors truly treat the students as peers and are always willing to work with us outside of class. Not only are the professors helpful to go to when struggling with any academic topics, but they are also helpful to go to a more personal level to have more in-depth conversations on subjects we enjoy.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to work as an in-patient therapist working with patients who are similar to how I was after my accident. This environment allows me to spend a large of time with every patient I have. I hope to develop strong relationships with my patients and help them to overcome daily challenges. I also plan to continue my education and hopefully one day earn a PhD in biomechanics, specifically looking at the relationship between the brain and the way we move.
What are some of your hobbies?
Recreational distance running is one of my passions. In college, I ran cross-country and indoor/outdoor track and field. Currently I am training for the Lynchburg 10 miler as a tune up for the Philadelphia half marathon in November. Running has helped immensely with my stress management because it allows for me to take a break from the rigors of PT school. Also am a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan. I enjoy cheering on my team and playing Fantasy Football. In a week, I will be traveling to Washington D.C. see Miami’s opening game against the Redskins!
What is your favorite quote?
“How we do anything is how we do everything.”
Anything else that you’d like to share?
To anyone looking to get into higher education know that making mistakes is part of the process. In order to understand you have to acknowledge that you do not understand; always be willing to make mistakes.