Shanelle Balfour, Alumna, (Biology, physical therapy, ’05), has completed her masters in occupational therapy and her doctorate in physical therapy. It has been a long and rigorous journey for Shanelle. In August of 2002, Shanelle traveled from her home in Tobago to start her dream of becoming a physical therapist and occupational therapist. At Roberts, Shanelle was a key player on the both the women’s soccer and track and field teams, a good student, and a joy to be around. Her enthusiasm and endurance led her to graduation and then on to St. Augustine, Florida where she graduated and received with high honors her Masters in Occupational Therapy and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr. Balfour is now a licensed therapist presently working in Selma, Alabama.
Dr. Balfour reflects on her time at Roberts:
When God has a plan for you, he works out his way on his calendar. When I consider my application to Roberts; this was the last application I sent in because it was a free online application. I really did not think I was going to be attending Roberts as I had already procurred a full scholarship to a College in South Carolina. However, Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that God has a plan for me and with that I give my thanks to the Professors at Roberts for their tutelage and support. My special thanks to Dr. Barbara Rose whose smiling face always bore a welcome for me and Donna Alder whose first words to my class of which I wholeheartedly came to depend on was that she would always be there for us all, that she would be “cheering from the grand stands” for me and the other students under her care. Those words have been with me from then till now. My sincerest appreciation and thanks to all who supported and helped this international student to fulfill her dreams.
I would also like to take this opportunity to tell a wonderful woman of GOD how lucky and blessed that He intertwined her path with mine. To Susan Harkins,(English,’68 ), Aunt Sue as she is known by everyone on campus, thank you very much for all you have done for me and know that I am so very appreciative for all the love and support you offered to me in my tenure at Roberts.
My family away from home, the Rogers,(Dwight Rogers, math ’64,) without them my first Christmas away from home would have been lonely indeed, but being with them made it special as they are my home away from home. Thank You.
The memories I take with me always, some more than others...the tall mountain of snow I will never forget as I soon came to realize the balmy 80 degrees I was used to would soon turn to a wintry -8 degrees when I came to Rochester with my little windbreaker thinking I was ready for the winter...talk about a culture shock! My soccer team could always find me though, I was always the one decked out in 2 layers of sweats, hat, earmuff and red gloves living up to my moniker Red Lightning!
But through it all...To GOD be the Glory...Great things He hath done. How wonderfully blessed I am that God has kept me through it all…it has certainly been a long haul but so worth the trials I endured to be able to come out on the other side shouting…Hallelujah...for it is but the highest praise.