Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Bond

  Jessyca Brown
  Monday, January 22, 2024 8:27 AM
  General Events

Hillsboro, TX

BS1A3288-downtown-7.jpegSamantha Bond is a former Hill College graduate. Born in San Marcos, Texas, and raised in Cleburne, she was homeschooled in high school. It was during those years, she decided to look into the dual credit program offered for high school students at Hill College. 

“I wanted to try something in the healthcare field,” she said, “but I hadn’t settled on which career I wanted. Hill College was affordable and right down the road and offered the flexibility for me to finish high school while obtaining my associate degree at the same time.”

Samantha chose to major in pre-physical therapy. After graduating in 2020 from high school and Hill College, she went on to major in kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she graduated in 2022.  

Samantha credits two instructors at Hill College to her academic success, Dr. Lauri Heintz and Dr. Joseph Cheavens. “Dr. Heintz taught me anatomy and physiology, she also reinforced my passion for learning about the body and its functions,” said Bond. “Dr. Cheavens was my history professor; he made history fun. I always felt that both Dr. Heintz and Dr. Cheavens were in my corner.”

Currently, Samantha is a doctorate student at the University of Texas Health Sciences in San Antonio where she is studying occupational therapy (OT). After completing the doctoral program and taking her exams, she is interested in continuing her education and specializing in OT for adults with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disorders.

“Hill College helped widen my lens to new career options I had not considered before. My connections with professors and faculty turned into professional relationships. I still maintain relationships that were made there, both professionally and with friends,” said Bond.

In her free time, Samantha teaches piano. She also enjoys painting, drawing, and scrapbooking, as well as reading and cooking. She loves spending time with her cat, Fizgig, and her turtle, Pickle.