Maresol Leitch found the inspiration for her major and life calling from her daughter.
When her daughter was born, it was discovered that she had a hand abnormality. After attending regular physical therapy sessions, she saw the work and service physical therapists provided in helping her daughter overcome her physical handicap. That’s when Leitch decided to enroll in classes and pursue her degree in exercise science.
“I’ve always had an interest in the medical field,” said Leitch, a 2012 graduate who majored in exercise science. “I liked what I saw from attending the physical therapy sessions with my daughter.”
Through the assistance of the Armed Forces’ GI Bill by serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, Leitch came to Huntington University and met students and professors who challenged her to think. As she described, they took a genuine interest in seeing her succeed.
“My professors knew what I was going through and challenged me,” she said. “I wasn’t just a number on a roster.”
Once she settled in to the exercise science program at HU, she met with the staff of the Enterprise Resource Center to find opportunities for internships within her field. For three years, she interned at area Parkview hospitals. In her role, she helped the physical therapists in any way she could.
“I would love to work for either hospital in the future,” she said. “The physical therapists actually knew their patients, provided quality service and displayed genuine concern toward their patients. They asked me questions about my career goals and even sought my opinion regarding treatment.”
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