Tyra Robinson will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in health education and promotion and a minor in health and exercise science. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school to become a licensed physical therapist.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from McGehee, Arkansas, and graduated from McGehee High School in 2015. I played basketball in junior high and high school, and I was also a majorette.
My mom and the majority of my family still live in McGehee, and my dad lives in Little Rock. Moving to Little Rock was a huge change for me. My hometown only has only one stoplight, and it seems like Little Rock has one million.
How did you develop an interest in physical therapy?
My mother was a beautician for many years. While she was studying to get her education degree in 2010, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and had to have her wrist replaced. I went to all the physical therapy sessions with her, and that’s when I decided I wanted to become a physical therapist. I like to help people and watch them grow.
Why did you choose UA Little Rock?
I transferred here from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff because UA Little Rock had more opportunities in my chosen field.
What were some of your favorite courses?
My all time favorite course was anatomy. I love studying the human body and how it works. It was a difficult class, but that’s what made it enjoyable.
Did you work while you were going to school?
Previously, I worked at Walmart, and now I work as a physical therapy technician at Physical Therapy Institute, which is an outpatient clinic. A PT technician walks patients through their exercises after the physical therapist evaluates them. Basically, we are “baby” physical therapists.
Who were some of your mentors?
Dr. Janea Snyder was a huge help during my academic career. She helped me transfer credits, schedule my classes, and advised me on what to do to continue my education.
What is your favorite memory of UA Little Rock?
I enjoyed watching Little Rock Trojans basketball (both men’s and women’s) teams and attended all home games.
How are you going to celebrate your graduation?
My family is going to have a cookout for me. Then we are going to watch the McGehee High School football team play at War Memorial Stadium. Right now, we are undefeated and #1 in the state for AAA division!
What is your advice for new students?
No matter what life throws at you, go with it. School can be an obstacle course, but if you stay the course you will succeed. You have to motivate yourself along the way. You are your biggest cheerleader.
This commencement story was compiled by Toni Boyer Stewart.