2018 Glammy Finalist Blog Series: Madison Brixey, President
The Glammy Finalist Blog Series is featuring Madison Brixey from Slyvania Northview High today! Read on to see how GlamourGals has shaped Madison's plans to become a Physical Therapist.
Why is GlamourGals important to you and your community?
The reason my friends, sister, and I started the GlamourGals chapter at Northview High School was because our community needed it. We have countless nursing homes within a small radius of our school and an influx of volunteers always eager to help. The Foundation not only benefits the elderly who receive our services, but also benefits our fabulous volunteers. We have people volunteering with us that have never volunteered in their life, but they love it and keep coming back. We have girls (and guys) that have volunteered forever and told us that this experience was their favorite. We have elderly participants who have come completely out of their shell in just the short amount of time that we have been doing visits. All the feedback we receive is positive, reassuring and empowering.
How have your experiences as a GlamourGals volunteer shaped your aspirations and future career goals?
The Dalai Lama once said, “What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money or fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings.”
GlamourGals helped me realize one of my biggest goals as a PT; being kind and empathetic. I want to be responsible for helping someone recover from an accident, gain range of motion, or get back to normal life. GlamourGals has shown me how to be that person. Through the organization, I witnessed firsthand the effects of diseases like Arthritis and Parkinson's. I was able to bond and communicate with the kind of ladies who are in need of Physical Therapy, giving me a better understanding of what goes on emotionally in the mind of a patient.
The final part of the aforementioned Dalai Lama quote in my introduction is the embodiment of my second goal. “It means helping others if you can, but even if you can’t do that, at least not harming them.” Physical Therapy, and even more so GlamourGals, aligns perfectly with that idea. My goal is to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy while simultaneously becoming bilingual so that I can reach out to a more diverse population. GlamourGals has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of volunteers and women. While I did not encounter many bilingual ladies, I worked with an age-group that I will likely have to care for in my future practice.
GlamourGals has helped me to realize that being of service and pursuing passions concurrently is what is most important in life.