The Citadel taught me the personal characteristics and attributes necessary to succeed and enabled me the opportunity to and develop and be able to utilize those attributes in a career I totally enjoy – helping children! – Kristine Devine – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Kristine Devine was born in Long Island, NY and raised in Alpharetta, GA. She majored in health and wellness and graduated from The Citadel in 2010.
Ms. Devine became interested in The Citadel when the Citadel’s women’s soccer coach at the time, Chris Lenzo, approached her about playing soccer for The Citadel. The Citadel wasn’t on her radar at the time but she researched the school and spoke to some female cadets on the soccer team. She found the structure and the military aspect of The Citadel interesting and felt that becoming a cadet would be an amazing and challenging experience. She believed that The Citadel would provide a unique college experience and set her apart when it came time to pursue her dream of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Ms. Devine’s passion for Physical Therapy was born from a knee injury sustained while playing soccer during middle school. She credits her physical therapist with getting her back to playing the sport she loved after surgery to repair her knee. She was grateful for the opportunity to continue playing sports and decided she wanted to help people in the same way in the future.
During her time at The Citadel, Ms. Devine continued playing soccer and earning many athletic and academic achievements including captaining the Women’s soccer team, selected for the SoCon Academic All-Conference and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women’s soccer teams. She was also part of a team that was awarded third place at the 2010 Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. She was the recipient of the Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarship.
Ms. Devine believes that The Citadel afforded her experiences unlike any other college, and she felt that she grew as a person and as a leader throughout her time here. In the 2010 Sphinx, The Citadel’s annual yearbook, she quoted American entrepreneur Jim Rohn with this passage, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
In 2013 she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She currently works at Charleston Pediatric Rehabilitation as a Physical Therapist. She continues to enjoy playing sports and is currently playing rugby for the Augusta Furies and participates in an adult kickball league in Charleston.
Kristine Devine (2014). Personal Communication.