Happy Changes: New DPT Acceptance

Hello and happy Valentine’s Day! I recently got accepted into my top physical therapy school, George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. I am so beyond happy that I will embark on this new journey at my top school of choice!

This application process has been extremely stressful but absolutely rewarding. I am so grateful I did not wait to take a gap year to apply to schools because I know I am ready for this huge step in my life. During the beginning of the new year, I experienced a tragic loss in my family and it really affected my outlook on life. I believe everything happens for a reason and now I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I am doing everything I need to be doing. In college, I experienced a lot of self-doubt about whether I have what it takes to stand out among a pool of extremely qualified, personable, and intelligent applicants. I am just a regular girl that tries to do well in school but would that be good enough? Maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I did and am doing a lot that helped me stand out to multiple schools that accepted me. However, there was always doubt about George Fox University. I knew this school would be the hard to get in and I am so grateful I have been automatically accepted. I can’t wait to start in late August and meet all my classmates.

If you are embarking on the application journey for this upcoming year, feel free to ask me any questions you may have! I would be so happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Physical Therapy School Acceptance!!

Hello!

So it has been an extremely long time since I have last posted, but a lot has happened since my last post about physical therapy school. I had my interviews at Midwestern University and Loma Linda University. I got waitlisted at Midwestern University and I am still waiting to hear from Loma Linda University. However, on October 21st, I had a Skype interview for the physical therapy program at A.T. Still University. A week later, I received an email stating that I have been accepted into their program! It was an absolute dream that day! I cannot believe that I will continue my education to become a physical therapist. It was a long time coming, but the rigorous process was absolutely worth it! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding PT school and the process it takes to apply.

 

xoxo,

Jessica

Living with Autism: My Experience as a Child Support Professional

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Hello! So this summer has been extremely crazy, gratifying, stressful, but all in all very memorable. In my last post I talked about two upcoming interviews I have which I will definitely write about my experiences to both schools, but today I thought I would talk about the summer job I had this summer. I worked as a child support professional through United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington. Honestly, this experience was the most fun, informative, and special job I have ever had. Here’s why:

I worked for a boy that lived 3 minutes from me. I love helping others and this job involved exactly that. I won’t say his name for privacy purposes, but he is eleven and has autism. He is mostly nonverbal, but he is incredibly social. He is lively, energetic, funny, and very loving. We went to three camps together, watched movies, and spent endless hours at parks. I got to know him as a friend and as a really special person.

I learned a lot from this experience. Although the boy I worked for was incredibly special to me, there were times of frustration and aggression, and during those times, I saw the bad that occurs from having a child with autism. Autism is such an interesting developmental disability, and I am really grateful that I have been exposed to it because I understand it more, and I am definitely more caring to those who may have some form of autism or other developmental disability. I think it is so important for “typical” kids to be more informed about developmental disabilities especially those that occur in children in order to provide an inclusive community. I learned that our world needs more people like the boy I worked with to integrate themselves into society, so that others know about developmental disabilities and care for those who have them.

I am so grateful for this summer! I made friends with a special boy and his family. I feel like their home is my second home and I am so grateful for them.

xoxo,

Jessica

New Changes Coming (Hopefully!)

Summer is going by so fast; it’s scary to think that time is passing by faster as I get older. With summer ending that means I will start my senior year of school soon. I only have 2 terms left (Fall and Winter) so I will be done with my undergraduate degree by the end of March! After that I hope to go to attend a physical therapy program. As you know, I wanted to apply to several schools and so far, I have applied to AT Still University, Loma Linda University, and Midwestern University – Glendale. I have heard back from both Loma Linda and Midwestern University for interviews!!

I have my interview for Midwestern University on September 16th and for Loma Linda University, I have my interview on September 23rd. I am extremely excited and nervous for this opportunity! Getting into physical therapy schools is extremely challenging and I am extremely grateful to be able to make it this far from just applying to three schools. I think I will only apply to George Fox University and University of St. Augustine – San Marcos and not apply to the other schools I was planning on applying to.

If anyone has interview tips for Loma Linda or Midwestern, please let me know! This is such an exciting time in my life, and I hope and pray that what I am doing is enough to get into at least one program.

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xoxo,

Jessica

What I Eat in a Day: Summer Edition

Hello!! So it’s been awhile, but I was thinking I should post what I ate today because why not? After a few weeks of celebrating my 21st birthday and going on a trip to Seattle, my eating habits have not been up to par. I started to eat a lot healthier today, and I am hoping to keep it up for the rest of summer. Oh and I can’t believe it’s already August. Like summer is flying by… Anyway, here is what I ate today!

Breakfast: Cinnamon sugar toast, strawberries, 1 banana

Snack: Beef jerky

Lunch: Steak Cesar salad

Dinner: Chicken curry with potatoes and carrots and brown rice

So I think today was a pretty productive and healthy eating day! Tomorrow I will try to maintain healthy eating and take it one step at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxo,

Jessica

Junior Year Reflection: Pre-PT Experience

Hello everyone!

So I am officially done with my junior year of college… What?! I feel like I should still be in high school, but I actually only have 2 more quarters of college left since I had 36 credits transferring over from high school. I thought it would be a good idea to write a reflection on my personal and academic experience prepping for physical therapy school applications while still trying to do well in my anatomy and physiology courses during my junior year.

So coming into my junior year, I was so nervous to start anatomy and physiology. These classes consists of a year long sequence of classes, and I knew they were going to be challenging. I was extremely afraid that I would not be able to handle the rigorous course work or understand the material. However, the warmth of the professors, GTFs, and TAs truly made the course work a little easier to handle. They truly wanted all students to feel good about themselves and motivated all of us throughout the journey. I did not expect to love anatomy as much as I do now, but I think the teaching staff really influenced me in a positive way that made me apply for dissection and a TA position (both of which I got!) As I took my last anatomy and physiology final on Thursday, it was actually bittersweet. I feel like this whole experience has truly shaped who I am as a person, and it’s kind of sad to let it go, but only for now, since in the fall I will be an anatomy lab TA and physiology grader TA. I just couldn’t let go of A and P that easily!

Additionally, I started fall term officially as a peer advisor for the department of human physiology and a research assistant for a psychology lab. These experiences really shaped my teamwork skills and time management skills since both of these experiences took time away from me studying or relaxing. It kept me busy which is necessary for a science major to have. It seems like science majors are always dong 20 things at once yet enjoy every minute of their lives. I truly feel like this fully expresses my junior year. I was busy of a lot of the time studying mostly, but the additional activities helped me keep my sanity. Spring term, I volunteered at Early Childhood Cares which was very a very fun experience.

I discovered the Student Doctor Network website this spring term and became obsessed with the physical therapy school application process. I have narrowed down my top nine schools to apply to, and I might only apply to 5 or so in the summer and then wait to apply to other schools in the fall, if I don’t hear anything from rolling admissions schools. I think this process this summer will be extremely difficult and stressful, but I know it will be for the better. I am skeptical about whether I am good enough for PT school, but I hope I am. As I actually go through the process of applying, I will definitely keep you informed.

This is an exciting time for me; I just hope everything I’ve done is enough for a spot in a PT program!

 

xoxo,

Jessica

What I Eat in a Day: College Edition

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great Monday! I thought it would be perfect to post a “What I Eat in a Day” but make it college edition since I have not done that before on my blog yet. I would say that in college I eat differently than I do at home since I don’t have as much time at school to prepare delicious food. Nevertheless, I’d say this day was successful. Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast:

Whole wheat waffle with 2 bananas and syrup (one banana is not pictured here)

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Lunch:

3 slices of cornbread and 1 apple

Dinner:

Chicken stir fry with carrots and broccoli and white rice

As you can see, I did not eat very much today. I am trying to be healthier and eat less in order to getย in better shape. I also started going to the gym at my school! It has been really fun challenging myself with different workouts. I recently was able to run 2 miles without stopping in 21 minutes and 50 seconds! I know that that time is probably not impressive at all, but I had never run 2 miles before so that was a pretty big deal for me! I want to be able to run 3 miles without stopping by the end of the term… I’m not sure how that will work out, but I’m hopeful!

xoxo,

Jessica

College Updates: Junior Year

Hey everybody! So my junior year of college has gone by soooooo incredibly fast.Even though I’m not really done with my junior year, it is rapidly coming to a close in a little over than a month. It’s actually quite terrifying how close I am to graduating (I will be able to graduate in March of 2017). As I continue my journey to apply to physical therapy schools this summer and upcoming fall, I thought I would nice to include some updates regarding my junior year of college.

First of all, I started working as a research assistant for the psychology department at U of O. This spring term has been extremely exciting because I get to work with EEG and ECG equipment on subjects. It has been pretty demanding and time consuming, but overall, it is such a great experience and I am learning a lot about how to interpret brain activity and physiology data.

Also this year, I became an official peer advisor for the department of human physiology at U of O. It has been a really beneficial position in the department, and I have gotten a lot closer to some of the faculty and staff. It’s also fun getting to share my experience with people and offer advice to those who are also pursuing physical therapy as a career.

In terms of academics, Anatomy and Physiology courses have been extremely intScrubseresting! I really enjoyed taking those classes which makes me more optimistic and passionate about pursuing a career in physical therapy. Also, this spring, I got accepted into the department’s Dissection class. To get into Dissection, I needed to submit an application and get a letter of recommendation from a GTF. I was not sure whether I would be accepted into the course, but I am so grateful I did! I got assigned to work on the elbow, forearm, and hand of a body, and although it is stressful at times, I always try to remind myself how incredible this opportunity is and how I should not have anxiety over it.

As the summer approaches, I will try to post more about my application process. For now, here are a list of schools I am planning on applying to:

  1. George Fox University
  2. Pacific University
  3. University of Puget Sound
  4. University of St. Augustine, San Marcos
  5. Western University of Health Sciences
  6. University of the Pacific
  7. Arizona School of Health Sciences
  8. Long Island University
  9. Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences

Good luck to all that will soon be in the process of applying to PT schools!

xoxo,

Jessica

New Year, New Year’s Resolutions for 2016!

Hey all! So it’s 2016 now?! How did that happen? I swear it was just 2010. Anyway, I really hope 2016 will be a great year filled with peace, love, happiness, and many laughs shared with friends and family. I decided to come up with some new year’s resolutions since it’s the first day of the year. Hopefully I will be able to do all of these things on my list!

  1. Complete 21st birthday bucket list (I made a previous post on my bucket list if you want to check it out)
  2. Be a vegetarian for more than a month
  3. Do not eat peanut butter directly from the jar
  4. Exercise at least 3 times a week
  5. Get straight A’s
  6. Travel with friends and family
  7. Learn to cook more Filipino dishes
  8. Be more social

So these are my new year’s resolutions. What are some of yours?

xoxo,

Jessica

College Update and Studying Advice

Hello all!

Sooo… I’ve been away for awhile now ever since school started. School has been pretty busy, but I wanted to take some time to talk about school for those that are looking for ways to study, stay motivated, and to be happy during the stressful college years. A little background info about me: I am a junior in college studying human physiology and psychology. I want to go to physical therapy school after I graduate with my bachelor’s of science degree. I am a peer adviser for the human physiology department, and I am a research assistant in a psychology lab at the school. Junior year is probably the most challenging for the human physiology major because of the anatomy and physiology sequence that lasts all year long. Those classes are basically consuming my life with the constant studying, attending open labs, completing lab reports, and perfecting homework assignments that I have to do daily.

I have two sets of midterms for my anatomy class, anatomy lab, and physiology class, and I have already taken the first set for all three classes. I am glad to say that I successfully passed the first set of midterms with a 94%, 91%, and a 92% respectively. However, the next set of midterms is vastly approaching and will be cumulative which makes me very nervous and stressed, but I am up for the challenge. I have created some tips and ways to study for midterms and tests that will hopefully make you successful!

My Top Tips for Studying:

  1. After each lecture, rewrite the notes from your notebook. If your professor uploads his slides, copy his slides too. This is very beneficial because even if you are not completely focusing on what you are writing, certain words will initiate a thought that you have seen it before in your notes or the slides and you will be able to remember the concept or definition better. Also, you have quick access to the notes and can look at them any time without a computer.
  2. Start studying a week before the midterm. This will allow you to space out the time to learn the material and you will be able to retain information better if you are focusing on only a small chunk.
  3. Within the week of studying, constantly review information you looked over the previous days. This way you won’t forget what you studied the day before.
  4. Study with friends that learn the same way as you and study with them a day or two before the midterm. This way you are not completely lost going over the material with your friends and you can teach your friends concepts that they don’t understand. Teaching is probably the best form of learning.
  5. Try to make up exam questions if your teacher does not post a practice exam. This helps you think like a professor and your questions most likely will reflect the questions your professor writes on the actual exam.
  6. Go to office hours or tutor hours if you do not understand something. If you start going early in the term, you are more likely to get one on one help that is way more beneficial than if you went the day before the midterm and the whole class is there asking questions.
  7. Use visuals in explaining concepts whenever possible. Visuals are worth a thousand words and are super fast to make on the side of your test as a reference.
  8. If the question is a multiple choice question, do not read the answers. Try to come up with the answer to the question before looking at the options. This will give you confidence in which answer to choose.
  9. Review your test before you hand it in. If you use Scrantons, make sure you filled in the correct letters.
  10. Smile and breathe after the test! You worked so hard for it and you deserve to be happy no matter what the outcome is! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know if you guys have any other tips that I missed out or if you have a different way to study. I’ll let you guys know how I do on the next set of midterms. Cross your fingers I do okay!!

xoxo,

Jessica