Name: Stephanie Miller
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Degree: B.S. in Rehabilitation Sciences
Graduation: May 2017
When Stephanie Miller receives a B.S. in Rehabilitation Sciences at commencement on May 6, it will be a big step towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a physical therapist.
“I have always been interested in the mechanics of the human body,” she says. “Physical therapy seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to explore how the body works.”
And when the Texas native visited Armstrong, she knew that she had found the perfect place to study.
“I loved Armstrong’s feeling of home when I attended Navigate,” she notes. “My past as a military child has me searching for places that remind me of home.”
Armstrong’s close-knit campus also presented many opportunities for research and academic exploration in the fields of neuroscience. Recently, Miller was accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Armstrong and will be a part of the class of 2020.
“Conducting research has opened many doors in my professional life, and it has impacted my success in such a positive way,” says Miller, who has presented at the Southern Regional Honors Conference and the Student Scholars Symposium. “I can apply the skills I learned from my undergraduate research to my graduate research in Physical Therapy school, where I will be expected to follow the same protocols.”
As former president of the Armstrong Honors Program, Miller was also a Pride Month pioneer on campus and served as secretary of the Armstrong Gay-Straight Alliance. Currently, she is a physical therapy volunteer in local hospitals, as well as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Kappa Phi. She also works as a camp counselor for Camp Twin Lakes, a therapeutic program for young adults with serious illnesses and disabilities.
“I felt incredibly welcomed at Armstrong and knew that, with the resources offered, I would excel here, regardless of the rigors and demands of my classes,” she explains. “In the end, it felt like the perfect fit for me, and I have never been so proud to call myself a Pirate.”