Samantha Maniago

Samantha Maniago

Hometown: South Elgin, Illinois

Degree: Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis

Samantha Maniago would like to one day provide physical therapy for athletes with prosthetics.

Earning her bachelor's degree in Health and Human Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis, her next goal is a master's degree to get the job done. It's all about helping people.

At NIU, she became part of the Honors Program and quite involved with the Asian American Resource Center, where she volunteered for the center's OHANA peer mentoring program. She also served on the executive board of the Gymnastics Club, which initially drew her to NIU.

"I'm extremely sad leaving all the friends and connections I've made here," she said, "but it's all worth it."