Samantha Imholte

March 18, 2014

Samantha Imholte is graduating in the spring of 2014. She is an individualized major from Clearwater, Minn.

Why study pre-physical therapy at a liberal arts college?

Studying pre-physical therapy at a liberal arts college creates an environment that allows students to develop as well-rounded people. Many times, people get caught up in the technical and scientific side of physical therapy. In reality, that is only a component of the profession. By being forced to step out of our comfort zones, a liberal arts college provides the tools needed to succeed in a diverse world.

What makes the pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU unique?

I think the largest contribution to the uniqueness of the pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU is the amount of effort put in to solidify the success of the students. The coursework is challenging, the faculty is exceptional and there are numerous opportunities for further research and volunteer experiences to explore. Students are able to walk into a classroom feeling that their professor wants them to accomplish their goals. The program at CSB/SJU more than prepares students for graduate studies. 

What has your experience with the CSB/SJU pre-physical therapy program faculty been like?

My experience with the CSB/SJU faculty could not have been any better. Don Fischer, the program's advisor, has guided me through every bump on the road. Like Don, I would say that all of the faculty members are approachable, kind and knowledgeable. Most of them understand the chaos that students live through and are flexible when conflicts arise. Furthermore, the faculty members are great resources for internship, shadowing and research opportunities.

What has been one of the greatest challenges you have faced?

My greatest challenge by far has been overcommitting myself to all of the wonderful opportunities on campus. Managing my time became hard when I devoted myself to collegiate athletics, intramurals, clubs, organizations, volunteering, work, research and shadowing experiences at the same time. However, after reorganizing some of my extracurricular activities and learning to prioritize more effectively, my coursework and schedule became manageable.

What advice do you have for students considering the pre-physical therapy program?

My greatest advice is to use your voice and ask questions! Question your college admission representatives, professors, physical therapists, advisors and peers. It's no fun going through life trying to wrap your head around something by yourself. College is the time to make the connections and use the resources you gain to further your success. 

Did you study abroad? If so, how did that experience impact you?

I did not study abroad. I chose to focus my interests at CSB/SJU for my four years. However, if any study abroad program interests you, I would definitely recommend that you pursue that opportunity.

What are your plans after graduation?

For the next 3 years, I will be at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. I would love to go into any general orthopedic setting, but cardiovascular and neurological therapy would be interesting as well.