Rachel Worley to pursue doctorate of physical therapy

by Billy Chandler

Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world.

Rachel Worley, from Bristol, Tenn., will graduate in May 2021 with a degree in Exercise Science.

“Emory & Henry has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to, even in the face of uncertainty,” says Worley. “During my time here, I have learned the importance of adapting in the face of change, and I have learned the value of doing everything I can to reach my goals. E&H has immersed me in an environment that has helped me grow as a person and as a future health care provider. At E&H, I didn’t just become aware of my potential; this tight-knit community taught me how to use my potential to achieve success.”

Worley credits the following people for enhancing her educational experience and bestowing life skills that set her up for a lifetime of success:

“Mary Boltwood taught me how to step out of my comfort zone to become proficient at a second language. Dr. Reginia Campbell was one of the first professors that made me realize how much I enjoyed learning about anatomy & physiology. She genuinely cares about her students’ well-being, and it makes a world of difference. Dr. Rebecca Buchanan has been such a vital part of my honors thesis, and I am also very grateful for all the guidance and advice she has given me throughout my senior year. Emily Myers was the first person to help me understand the importance of self-advocacy, and she helped me understand my rights as a student with ADHD. The disability support services made me feel heard as a student with a disability, whereas before my time at E&H, I had no clue that I even deserved accommodations. Dr. Christopher Qualls provided such an enriching learning experience in abnormal psychology that I almost considered changing my career path. His class instilled in me a more profound respect for the field of psychology.”

While at Emory & Henry, Worley was part of the Honors program. After graduation, Worley will be attending South College to pursue a doctorate of physical therapy.

During my time here, I have learned the importance of adapting in the face of change, and I have learned the value of doing everything I can to reach my goals. E&H has immersed me in an environment that has helped me grow as a person and as a future health care provider. At E&H, I didn’t just become aware of my potential; this tight-knit community taught me how to use my potential to achieve success.
- Rachel Worley

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