Student Profiles

Julianna KlineJulianne Kline '14

After high school, Julianne Kline attended Owens Community College to attain an Associate's degree in Massage Therapy. After graduation she began a job as a Massage Therapist, but soon realized she wanted something more.

“I always had a desire to take my education a step further to be a Physical Therapist. I tried attaining a Bachelor's degree online, but it would not have been a Bachelor's in Science, which is what I would need to enter most graduate programs for Physical Therapy. As the classes were all online, I felt I was not learning as much as I could in a classroom.” After hearing from a representative in one of my classes at Owens, who talked about transferring to Heidelberg to get a Bachelor's in any major they offered. This would allow me to get a Bachelor's in Science and I could be in the classroom. I made an appointment with Sue Rife and everything fell into place.

“Transferring was easy and all of my credits at Owens, OU and even college classes I took in high school were included. When I first came to Heidelberg, I was majoring in Biology. Upon the creation of the Health Sciences program, I switched, as my ultimate goal was Physical Therapy, and this would be more fitting. I met with Mr. Bates and discussed classes I would take and how everything would get me to my goals.”

As a Heidelberg student, Julianna spent a summer in an internship at Ohio Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Findlay, presented her own findings at the Student Research Conference, and gained lifelong friendships.

“Heidelberg has been such a wonderful experience so far and I am so glad I chose to continue my education here.”

Cristy Biller '12

At the age of 28, Cristy Biller decided to go back to school to earn a degree in education. She had been a nanny for 8 years prior and felt like this was the next natural step. She started out by taking classes at Terra Community College.

“I knew that I wanted to teach middle school education and that I would eventually end up at Heidelberg University to complete my degree not only because it was close to home but because of the high quality education I knew I would receive.”

Cristy learned about Heidelberg’s Dual Admission Program at a college fair with Sue Rife, Associate Director of Admissions.
“The transition between Terra and Heidelberg was flawless and Sue was wonderful, helpful, and answered all my questions throughout my time between the two schools and when I was a full-time student at Heidelberg. While I was attending Heidelberg I found that I just wasn’t another student but I was part of a family, especially in the Education Department where I spent most of my time. The education department’s faculty and staff were open and willing to help in any way they could.”

Cristy graduated and reached her goal of graduating Magna Cum Laude and earning a degree in Education.

“Not only did I enjoy my time here but I made some fantastic friendships along the way. I know that I have set an example for the people around me because of my choice of going back to school after so long. I have shown to the people around me that it is never too late to start something new.”