Katie Hein

Diamond girl
Katie Hein says years of playing softball helped prepare her for a future career as a physical therapist.

“I know all about getting hurt,” she says with a laugh. “I’m good at that.”

Katie, a senior biology major from Marietta, has been involved in athletics since she was a child. Because she is, by her own admission, accident prone, she’s had firsthand knowledge of the world of physical therapy.

“I’ve injured just about every part of my body, so I’ve spent a lot of time with therapists. I became very interested in the human body and how it can heal itself.”

Here at the college, she’s had some opportunities to explore that interest.

“I’ve done a lot of rehab in the (athletics) training room, and I was able to shadow a physical therapist in town during one Jan Term,” she says.  “It was an orthopedic setting and I enjoyed working with all the different types of patients – we had everything from athletes to shoulder and knee replacement surgeries. I got a lot of experience in many different types of areas. It was great.”

Katie came to LaGrange to play softball and quickly made her mark. In 2008, she earned Great South Athletic Conference all-conference and GSAC all-freshman honors; in 2009, she was GSAC Pitcher of the Year and earned GSAC All-Academic honors, and in 2010, was selected to the GSAC all-conference team for the third straight year and earned GSAC All-Academic honors for the second straight year.

But while she has been happy with her life as a Panther, she says she is most impressed with what the college can offer student-athletes all around.

“I don’t think you could have a better experience at a college as an athlete. Here, it’s not just about athletics; it’s about the entire student-athlete experience. You’re able to play athletics at a very high level, but you’re also able to be a student, to get involved and to learn leadership skills. Academics are important, too, so you can focus on your schoolwork as well as your sport. That’s a really awesome thing.”

Katie will be moving to Nashville, Tenn., in the fall to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Belmont University. While she’s excited about what’s coming next, she says the friendships she’s formed at LaGrange will last a lifetime.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize that when you go to college, you’re going to establish relationships that are going to help you in the future. I’ve gotten to know my professors really well, and they’ve helped me, not just in school, but also to develop personally.  They helped me get into graduate school, and they helped guide me in the direction that I need to go. That, and the friendships I’ve made, will be a solid foundation for where I’m going in the future.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.