Meet the Bloggers


Kailey Trieger
First Year  Student

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, BA – Exercise and Sport Science, Fitness Professional Concentration
Hobbies: I love to exercise as much as I love to eat, so fitness and cooking are always on my agenda. I love to go on outdoor adventures and travel as much as possible. I am a TV show addict, currently addicted to Game of Thrones, Designated Survivor, How to Get Away with Murder and Westworld.
Why I chose Elon: I originally visited Elon due to its proximity to Chapel Hill, but I was blown away with everything it had to offer. I was impressed with the success of the program and the quality of therapy I had observed from Elon graduates. Between the HOPE clinic opportunities, the GLO abroad clinical programs and the student involvement in research, it seemed like the best program for me.
After graduation: While I have loved every setting of physical therapy, I see myself entering some sort of inpatient position after graduation. Other than that, I am excited to see where life takes me!

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Andrew Kuyper
Second Year  Student

Undergraduate: B.A. in Biology and Spanish with a Minor in Chemistry from Appalachian State University
Hobbies: Soccer, running, Olympic lifting, frisbee golf, hiking, Game of Thrones, the occasional game of FIFA
Why I chose Elon: I enjoy Elon’s smaller community and feel it allows for a closer connection amongst students and faculty. I also enjoyed that Elon allows me to stay close to my family in Durham and Burlington!
After graduation: At the moment, I am keeping my options open as the what sort of PT I want to practice.  I’d love to stick around NC to practice, but I am open to explore what other states have to offer!

Libby Dekraker

Libby Dekraker
Third Year Student

Undergraduate: Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. B.A. in Kinesiology, Minor in Psychology
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, going to movies, listening to a wide array of music, dancing (poorly) with the music blasting, traveling, hiking (hopefully more now that I live near mountains!), Pinterest-ing, and obviously, staying classy.
Why I chose Elon: I heard about Elon from one of my undergraduate professors. She said that students had gone there in the past for PT school and absolutely loved it. On my interview day, I fell in love too! I applied to and interviewed at schools all over the US, but Elon blew all the other schools away. The facilities are state-of-the-art, and the clinical opportunities are out of this world (not literally, but close). The faculty and staff are so friendly and welcoming, and the class size is small so you get to know them really well.
After graduation: As of now, I am open to wherever the next three years leads me. I always thought that I’d move back home to Michigan and work in a private outpatient clinic, but it may be difficult to move away from this gorgeous North Carolina sunshine!


4 responses to “Meet the Bloggers

  1. Hi! My name is Whitney. I’m applying to PT school right now and Elon is my number one choice. As PT students, do you have any advice on how I could better my chances of getting in next year?

    Thanks so much.

  2. Brittany Van Hal

    So sorry its taken awhile to get back to you. I wish I could give you a specific answer, but honestly, my best advice is just to be yourself and portray that in your application and interview. Also, try to get as many and as wide a variety of experiences in PT as you can, as this will be incredibly beneficial once you’re in school. I haven’t been involved at all in the application process (other than what you’re currently doing) but when I look at my class, there is no real common theme. Each individual brings very unique backgrounds and involvement (community, school, PT) that I think set them apart from just being a student with good grades. Find what you’re good at, find what you need to work on, and take this time to weed that out. Most of all, find your passion in PT and show that. Hope this helps,

  3. Pingback: The New Kid on the Block – Meet Amanda, DPT Class of 2015 | The Road to Graduation: Inside the Elon DPT

  4. Hi guys! I have been accepted to Elon and a school in Florida and the only thing holding me back from officially deciding is the cost of Elon. Is the experience worth the burden of the 40 grand extra in loans?

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