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!