Elizabeth graduated from DePauw with a degree in Kinesiology in 2016, after just 3.5 years! This was made possible by pursuing summer school during the summer leading into her senior year of high school, followed by 4.5 credits fall semester senior year. She says that she worked extremely hard and fit her senior seminar and senior thesis into one semester. That entailed proposing, conducting and analyzing a study of choice in the field of kinesiology, spending hours and hours in the lab and working with her "amazing advisor" Dr. Babington.
"I’m helping conduct experiments by collecting and analyzing data to advance the development of therapy and treatment for children who have suffered from a spinal cord injury which in turn, resulted in paralysis. We’re essentially retraining their spinal cord to walk again by using intensive therapies that consist of an hour and a half of therapy five days a week. It has been an amazing experience so far and I am so beyond blessed to be surrounded by intelligent doctors. I am immersed in an amazing environment that’s allowing me to challenge myself every day and gain unbelievable amounts of knowledge. It’s crazy how much passion can drive intelligence and the desire to learn."
Following this short time at Frazier, Elizabeth hopes to attend Physical Therapy School in June to earn her Doctorate. Once that is completed, she hopes to continue working at her current facility to further advance the work that’s already being done. She also plans to specialize in pediatrics and work with children with spinal cord injuries and disabilities.
"I love my life and I am so very happy where I am today. I am beyond thankful to have had such an amazing university to prepare me to get to where I am right now. I have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time after graduation and I honestly owe it all to Dr. Babington and the other dedicated professors at DePauw. They have helped me so much in growing in my confidence which I fully believe is why I am here in this amazing position today. To be determined on how the rest of my career post-grad turns out, but I have a feeling it is a very bright one."