Spring Graduation Spotlight: Emily Razo

May 10, 2024 Charis Ochu

Emily Razo’s journey at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) is a testament to the transformative power of higher education, community, and faith. Hailing from Fort Worth, Emily began her academic adventure at HSU in the fall of 2021. Driven by her passion for physical therapy, she majored in exercise science with a minor in health sciences to lay the foundation for physical therapy school. 

Choosing HSU was not just about pursuing a career path for her but also about experiencing spiritual growth and the beauty of friendship. Initially, she was drawn to HSU because she had heard good things about the physical therapy program, but she eventually realized that her four-year journey at HSU would come to mean more. “I came to HSU to pursue a career in physical therapy,” Emily shared. “Little did I know that my life would change in different ways!” 

While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Emily immersed herself in campus life, becoming deeply involved in various clubs and activities. From serving as Treasurer for Sangre and Vice-President for ESSA to being a dedicated member of ISF (International Student Fellowship) and the Pre-PT club, Emily’s commitment to campus engagement shows her spirit and desire to contribute to the university community. 

Emily especially loves the Richardson Library. Throughout her time at HSU, she made many meaningful friendships. “The Richardson Library was my second home,” she shared. “I have had great laughs, cries, study sessions, and so much more! It’s where I could get my schoolwork done and connect with friends.” Furthermore, she loves how dedicated the faculty and staff at HSU are to caring for the students and looking for ways to have fun while learning. 

Emily standing on the bridge on campus.Emily would like to thank Dr. Lindsay Spindler for being a mentor to her. “She mentored me, helped me through PT school applications, and encouraged me to continue my walk with the Lord,” she shared. 

As Emily prepares to attend the HSU Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the fall of 2024, her advice to students at HSU is to, “Get out of your shell and get involved on campus by joining clubs and organizations. This is where I made most of my friends.” She also advises students to trust God in everything. “He has your back no matter what, and He has good plans for us.” 

Congratulations, Emily!