A Chance to Give Back to Others

Alex Loewen

Alex Loewen

Ever since he was a little boy, Alex Loewen has always had an interest in the human body and how it worked. Growing up in McKinney, Texas, Loewen, was homeschooled all the way through high school, and couldn’t wait for science class so his mom could teach him and his twin brother more about the human body, in particular bones.

As his interest and passion for the human body blossomed, he knew what he wanted to pursue for his future career. He wanted to be a physical therapist.

Now a senior kinesiology major at Southwestern Adventist University, Loewen learned that through physical therapy he could help improve the lives of other people. His passion for helping others started when he was young. His parents and church always emphasized the importance of helpings those in need, and it was a sentiment that had always stuck with Loewen.

“Helping other people always brought a feeling of happiness to me,” said Loewen. “I loved to see people happy and know that I was part of their happiness.”

When the decision of choosing a college came, it wasn’t a hard decision for Loewen. His parents and many other family members attended SWAU in the past. Loewen knew that Southwestern had everything he wanted in a university; a friendly atmosphere, great teachers and of course the major he wanted to pursue: kinesiology.

Kinesiology isn’t the only way Loewen has been able to help people. He is also a math tutor and helps during SWAU’s freshman core enrichment every year.

Southwestern has given Loewen the opportunity to help other people in places Loewen never imagined he could. As part of the basketball team, Loewen had the opportunity to travel to Canada for SWAU’s annual athlete trip.

In Canada, Loewen and the rest of Southwestern’s athletes were able to go to other Adventist schools and help children in sports clinics, give therapy advice and provide children with exercise drills to sponsor a healthy lifestyle.

“Going to Canada and helping those children was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Loewen. “It was a great feeling to help them and know that they appreciated what we were doing for them.”

Loewen is thankful that God led him to Southwestern. He has been able to experience things he never imagined. But most importantly Loewen feels he is fulfilling God’s purpose for him, which is to help other people and bring people closer to God through his passion of physical therapy.

Loewen hopes to one day be a missionary and help improve the lives of other people through physical therapy. Until then, Loewen will continue to help those in need locally and focus on graduating this year; so he can become a certified physical therapist and continue to do what he loves best: give back to others.

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