Samantha Stanek, '13
Current Location: University of Michigan-Flint Physical Therapy School in Flint, MI
Current Occupation: 3rd year PT student
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am in my final year of physical therapy school. I am currently finishing up my didactic course work, and I start three 10-week clinical rotations in the fall. During these clinical rotations, I will gain experience in orthopedics, pediatrics, and inpatient rehabilitation.
How did Albion's Healthcare Institute help you get there?
Albion's Healthcare Institute helped open my eyes to other healthcare professions that I hadn’t had much exposure to prior to college. The institute provided me with the resources to help get me into physical therapy school, and assisted me with observation sites to obtain the required volunteer hours to apply to PT school. I was also provided with resources to assist in studying for the GRE.
What's your best Albion College memory?
I have too many great memories at Albion. My best memories include spending time with my friends on the weekends, going to La Casa, and dancing with the Albion College Dance Team during half time of the basketball games.
What's the benefit of having a healthcare institute like Albion's?
The benefit of being a part a healthcare institute like Albion’s is the guidance that you receive along the way. My intended major and ideas for career choices changed many times at the beginning of my Albion education. I was able to talk about it with someone who could provide me with more information on each career and help find the best fit for me. The institute provides an individualized plan for each member to help them best succeed in whatever they may want to pursue.
Brandon Lebioda, '18, Talks Clinical Job Shadowing
Hometown: Romeo, Michigan
What was your summer experience like?
My summer experience consisted of a total of 40 hours shadowing in clinical settings. It started with Dr. Michael Williams, who is a family doctor for Prism Medical Group. He was my contact that helped me set up with other doctors in the Macomb area. I ended up shadowing seven different doctors from all ranges of practice. I had the pleasure of observing many different types of physician work, which ranges from watching multiple surgeries in Troy Beaumont's operating rooms to being with doctors in family practices. Every physician or surgeon that I shadowed had something else to bring to the table, and every new place I went felt like a new adventure in the world of healthcare.
What do you love about being in Albion's Healthcare Institute?
I love Albion's Healthcare Institute because of their effort. Dr. Barbara Keyes was the person who set me up with Dr. Williams, and I believe that without her none of my experience could have been possible. The Healthcare Institute goes to great lengths to prepare students for the next step toward their career goals, whether that is some sort of specialty school, or jobs within healthcare. This institute provides hands-on help to educate and help students toward their goals.
How do you think your experience will help you in your career goals?
I believe this summer experience helped me gain crucial knowledge of different healthcare careers while also giving me a sense of direction when it comes to choosing the career that suites my interests the best. Watching these different physicians, and learning about their backgrounds, allowed me to see how many different paths there are to become a kind and caring physician, who works hard to improve the lives of their patients.
What do you love about Albion College?
I love Albion College because of it's family atmosphere. The College as a whole, not only the Institute of Healthcare, does a great job of preparing students for their next step. The smaller numbers allow coaches, professors, advisors, and other faculty members to create relationships with students that other universities cannot compete with.
Elliot Brinker, '18
Major: Spanish and French
Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
What makes you want to be a teacher or educator?
I wanted to be a teacher only after I realized what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be as a person. In high school, I found that I have an interest in languages and cultures, and a passion for understanding more of the world. Ever since I was young I’ve had a love for helping others. Despite the technology and advances that have been made in our time I feel that too many people grow up only understanding the bubble that they live in. It is my desire to help open people’s eyes, and allow them to connect with more of humanity that drives me towards education.
What do you love about being in Albion's Shurmur Center?
The two things that I love most about the Shurmur Center are the support that it provides and shared passion of the entire center and education department. You are supported on every level and through every step of the process towards becoming an educator. The staff and faculty foster close connections with the students and professionals in field and in the classroom. It is always easy to tell that the driving force behind these connections is the passion of those involved in the Center.
This passion extends beyond the Albion College students that they teach and is rooted in a concern for the students that will be taught by the graduates of the Shurmur Center. While every Shurmur Center student is supported and encouraged, we are taught to reflect on our own interests and goals to assure that we are the most effective in our future jobs as educators.
How do you think this experience will help you in your career goals?
The Shurmur Center and the education department really prepare you to excel as an educator in the future. The program includes large amounts of field experience, starting with the very first course, which really prepare you to be in the classroom. For many people, it helps them decide what kind of field they want to go into. This reflects the Center’s desire to help the students of future graduates before anything else. On a more personal basis, the program very closely reflects my own personal career goals, not only in becoming a teacher, but by helping me become the kind of teacher I want to be. Albion’s teacher education program focuses on a holistic teaching approach that I feel will best assist my future students in their own goals and educations.
What do you love about Albion College?
So much of what I learn and what I do at Albion reflects my life and my future life. Almost all of my experiences at Albion College have not only educated me as a student, but also as a person. At Albion, I don’t feel any disconnect between my school experiences and the world around me. It is not that every fact I learn is specifically relevant to my own life, but every professor, student, or person I meet here helps me understand how everything is a lesson and how those lessons can help me shape my future.
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