March 7, 2013
Why study pre-physical therapy at a liberal arts college?
Attending a liberal arts college forced me into classes that I would not have normally considered. Instead of spending all of my time in science courses, I was able to expand my academic interests into art, literature, theology and more, in order to achieve a more well-rounded education. Taking part in these additional classes provided me with a fresh point of view from which I was able to approach situations in daily life and in my science courses.
What makes the pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU unique?
The professors are experienced and the classes are challenging; additionally, with CSB/SJU's small class sizes, you are able to develop a personal relationship with your professors that allows you to get the most out of all of your classes. The classes and professors also work well with each other so that information learned in each course is built on or relates to the last course.
What has your experience with the CSB/SJU pre-physical therapy program faculty been like?
The pre-physical therapy program faculty have helped me make it through my four years at CSB/SJU with ease. They are friendly, approachable and always open to discuss any student or personal concerns. The faculty holds a tremendous amount of knowledge on science-related topics and continues to build on this knowledge in order to teach it to their students. In addition to being knowledgeable about class material, the professors are a great resource for pursuing acceptance into a physical therapy doctorate program. They are very flexible to meet often with regard to pre-requisite classes needed, the application process, or interview concerns.
What has been one of the greatest challenges you have faced?
The greatest challenge I have faced in pursuing a career in physical therapy was injuring myself and having to become a patient. After having knee surgery, I knew exactly what was going on physically inside of my leg and what I needed to do, but that did not make the process any easier. Although it has caused me a lot of disappointment and stress, going through the injury, healing, and recovery stages will definitely help me become a more empathetic physical therapist in the future.
What advice do you have for students considering the pre-physical therapy program?
Make use of your resources! Whether you know someone in the physical therapy field or are just getting started, don't be afraid to ask questions of everyone available to you. Contact prospective schools early on to figure out what their program is all about. Most importantly, use Don Fischer and the other professors because they are incredibly knowledgeable about the physical therapy programs and career.
Did you study abroad? If so, how did that experience impact you?
I studied abroad through the Greco-Roman program. The experience made me more comfortable in unique environments and in situations involving a culturally diverse population while building my respect for differences among people. It helped me to develop a more positive attitude, even with constant change and stressful situations. Both of these qualities will help me immensely in handling the workload of physical therapy school and also in interacting with future patients.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be starting physical therapy school at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this summer.