A Major Decision


Posted on September 18th, by Shelby Wilder in Shelby Wilder. 2 comments

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Senior year of high school is such a fun and nostalgic time filled with lots of firsts and lasts. Even more, it is usually very scary and stressful for many, including myself. Trying to decide where you want to spend the next 4+ years of your life is nerve-racking; trying to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of 18 is terrifying.

Ever since my freshman year of high school, I believed that my calling in life was somewhere in the medical field. However, I don’t do well around blood, and I cannot deal with vomit whatsoever, so where did this leave me? How would I pursue a career in the medical field? Then came sophomore year. All I was doing was sitting in my last period health class, thinking about the weekend ahead. Little did I know, that day was going to be one I’d always remember.

A graduate from my high school came in to talk to us about her spinal injuries that day. Getting to learn about it was very interesting and really cool, but what struck me the most was the way she talked about her physical therapists. She discussed how much she loved and appreciated them, and how she couldn’t have gone through this without them. Her physical therapists had a huge effect on her and actually changed her life. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do with my career — change lives. That’s when I knew that physical therapy was absolutely what I wanted to pursue when I went to college.

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Deciding on a college was even more difficult than picking a major. There are so many different options with a million different quirks at each campus. Everyone says “You’ll know when you find the college you’re supposed to go to…” and they weren’t lying. Once I got a second tour of UF, I was sold. I officially decided on the University of Findlay in February of my senior year. Being a person who needs to always have a plan, not having a college picked out until three months before graduation stressed me out. However, everything came together perfectly and all the bumps in the road were worth it in the end.

College is difficult, exhausting and time consuming. Sometimes you get to take six different exams in one week, like I did this week. You can be so stressed out and overwhelmed.  Then you walk outside on campus and you just know it’s all going to be worth it one day. I am so proud and blessed to be pursuing a pre-physical therapy degree at the University of Findlay.





2 thoughts on “A Major Decision

  1. Hi Shelby! I am from a small town as well. I know St. Mary’s, Ohio very well because it is about 45 minutes north of where I live. I live in Greenville, Ohio. You may or may not know where that is. I am interested in UF and want to study PT as well! I took one tour so far and it went okay. I plan on taking a second one. After reading this blog post and seeing that you knew that UF would be your home on your 2nd tour, I was kind of relieved. I’m only a junior in high school, but the school year is flying by for me!!! I can’t wait to read more of your posts!

    • I do know where Greenville is! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post, it means a lot to me! I’m glad it could bring you some relief. Don’t stress too much! You have lots of time to figure out your perfect home away from home! Good luck to you!!

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