PLAINVIEW – It’s not every day an injury gives direction to one’s life, but that is exactly what happened to Kimberli Harger, a student at Wayland Baptist University.
An outside hitter for the Pioneer volleyball team, the 5-10 junior came to Wayland from Lubbock Cooper High School. Recruited for her volleyball skills, Harger probably wouldn’t have considered Wayland if she hadn’t been offered a scholarship. But Harger has found a home at Wayland, and through a little adversity, she has found her calling as well.
As Harger entered college she had not yet determined a career path for her life after school.
“I was undecided,” she said. “I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I wasn’t sure what. Then I got hurt.”
Late in the 2009 volleyball season, Harger landed awkwardly in a match, tearing her ACL. The injury required surgery in November of 2009, then extensive physical therapy in order to fully recover and strengthen the knee.
“Physical therapy was terrible … and I loved it,” Harger said. “It was very much a learning experience. I learned patience because I couldn’t walk for six weeks.”
Already majoring in biology, Harger said God used her ordeal to show her where she needed to direct her study and her life. She will graduate in May 2012 and then apply for physical therapy school.
“I gained a relationship with my physical therapist that I will have forever,” she said.
Harger hopes she can become that type of influence for others as they go through physical therapy to recover from whatever they may be facing.
“I’ve always had that kind of spirit in me – wanting to help, willing to help,” she said. “It comes naturally.”