Thursday marked the end of my 9 final marathon in PT school. I'm now a second year DPT student. Yah!!! It's hard to believe a year has gone by so quickly. Overall, it's been a year of ups and downs. Probably more downs than ups for me but I at least I can say I made it. I never would have thought PT school would be so hard. In retrospect, part of me almost wishes I went the whole way to medical school. What's another year right? Hmmmm maybe not :)
Looking back I had a rough start transitioning from the working-corporate world back to grad school. Although taking three years off and working wasn't such a bad idea.... Who knows what they do when they are 21 years old anyway? Now I can be confident I'm pursuing my true passion. My grades my first semester accurately reflected my rough transition. Going into a doctorate program in science with liberal arts background didn't exactly help. Not to mention being away from my husband was enough to make me quit before I even started.
Fall semester I began my first fall clinical at an outpatient clinic and loved every minute of it. I finally started to get into the groove of things and brought my grades up dramatically. Although I still had no social life, I began to enjoy PT school relatively speaking.
This semester I hit rock bottom again after my snowboard crash. My grades were decent at the beginning of the semester. After the accident however, I took my second round of tests on oxycodone due to my pelvic fracture. Let's say "d" for done..... I'm most likely going to be on academic probation. The onset of depression and apathy didn't assist my cause.
It's over though and I'm simply happy I finished the semester. I was stressing over the aftermath and my final grades a lot but honestly what can I do? I came back to school Wednesday after having my pelvis reattached on the previous Friday. What more can my program director want?
Through all of this I have learned a lot. Here are Heidi's top 10 lessons from the past year in pt school and life in no particular order:
1. I really do love PT especially manual therapy
2. I still do NOT want to work in geriatrics!
3. I truly HATE neuroscience
4. Not being able to run, bike, or swim or more torturous than I could have ever imagined
5. Faith works
6. No matter your circumstances, you must always make the best of things (even 4 pelvic fxs)
7. Rough times reveal your true family and friends
8. Worrying and stress don't help your cause (especially neuro exams)
9. I heart cracking (manipulating) l-spines, t-spines, and c-spines
10. My husband Scott is the still the best thing that ever happened to me!