UCA is a school that gives many opportunities for students to become involved, such as different organizations, clubs and even the possibility of graduate school. Amanda Okolo is one of many students to do all of the above.
Okolo first came to UCA after high school in 2017. However, it was not the first time she had been to the campus.
“I fell in love with the campus after attending summer camps here, and my older sister had also attended the university,” Okolo said.
She felt comfort in knowing her sister had a great experience at the university, making it an easier decision for her to attend.
Okolo recently graduated with her degree in health science and an emphasis in physical therapy, which she will continue studying through UCA's graduate program.
“I’ve had a great experience in the health science department,” Okolo said. “My professors have been amazing, and I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet some great classmates.”
Okolo will leave her undergrad tenure at UCA more accomplished than many of those who attend. With many honors under her belt and plenty of involvement with campus organizations, she’ll have an impressive resume on her hands.
To name a few, she has been involved with the UCA marching band, the trombone choir, Women of Excellence, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, the Association of Future Alumni, UCA NOW campaign ambassadors and the President's Leadership Fellows.
Okolo said she had amazing experiences as a part of these organizations. “I’ve learned a lot about leadership, and how to work effectively with different groups of people,” she said.
She also had the distinct honor of being nominated for the 2020 Homecoming Court. What made it even more special was that it was during her senior year.
“Being voted onto the 2020 Homecoming Court is one of my favorite memories,” Okolo said.
As she wraps up her undergrad, Okolo won’t be going far as she got accepted into the Physical Therapy program at UCA.
“It feels great to be staying at UCA for grad school. I’m excited that I’ll be a part of a class of students who I’m familiar with, but also some students whom I’ve never met before.”
Okolo wasn’t always aiming to be a physical therapist. When she first enrolled, she thought she wanted to be a pharmacist.
However, after researching the career and shadowing pharmacists, she realized it wasn’t the route for her.
She knew she wanted a career in health care but didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do.
Eventually, Okolo began shadowing physical therapists, and from the influence of UCA having a nationally ranked program, she knew it was the career she wanted to pursue.
She cites the familiarity and family environment of the program as a reason why she decided to stay in Conway.
“It’s important to me that I feel at home and welcome. I’m so excited to gain some life-lasting relationships with my faculty, staff and classmates.”
Okolo will begin graduate school in August.