Year #3, Here I Come!
Somehow, time has flown by and this year I started my third year here at the University of Findlay! For a pre-physical therapy major, junior year is usually pretty stressful due to *cue scary music* the PT graduate school application. On top of the crazy and intimidating graduate school application, I have also taken on a couple more responsibilities within the organizations I am in. So, while my class schedule is a little more relaxed, and I am indeed taking less credit hours, the hours I have been putting in with my organizations and my application have all added up to the reason I am just now getting to working on my blogging. Sorry to keep you all waiting!
As I mentioned earlier, I am currently working on the Physical Therapy, non-direct admit, graduate school application. If you’re a pre-physical therapy major, this is honestly one of the things that is always on your mind … or it was at least for me. If this is you, just take a deep breath and relax! I wish more people had told me that leading up to this year. Actually, there are a couple things I wish were mentioned to me before starting my PT application. I’m by no means an expert on this subject, but here are a few things I wish I knew before jumping into working on my application:
- It is okay to ask questions. If you’re confused about something dealing with the application process, do not be afraid to email your advisor, that’s what they’re there for!
- Get started early on anything and everything needed for the application. When I say early, I mean as early as you can. When applying to PT school at UF, an applicant needs 20 hours of observation hours in three different therapy settings, and these can take a long time to finish up depending on your schedule. If you have a pretty chill summer, or even just a free week, try and get in somewhere and work on some observation hours! It’s super stressful to be worrying about writing essays for your application, and also trying to fit in final observation hours (trust me, this happened to me)!
- Get involved with PTO (Physical Therapy Organization). This club is such an amazing way to network with people who are going through the exact same things as you. PTO also often has lots of great information regarding PT school and the application! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can let you know how you can get involved!
- Take time for yourself. Thinking about and applying for graduate school is stressful. It’s super scary thinking that this application could completely change the plan you have set for yourself in your head. However, sometimes what you have set as your plan in your head isn’t what is supposed to happen… and that’s okay! So, just be sure to take a breath, calm down and take time to do things you enjoy doing. It is all going to work out in the end, I promise!
This year has already been so hectic, but honestly it also has been one of my best semesters so far! I am so blessed to be involved with so many amazing organizations on campus, and even more blessed with an amazing support system to keep me sane through my busy and stressful schedule. I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the semester! Keep pushing, studying, and working hard! Don’t forget to take a deep breath, and make time for yourself! You’re doing great!