Hi everyone! I have some exciting news! Through blogging, I have been welcomed by such a positive community and am constantly connecting with new friends. In the past few months, I’ve connected with Jess from PTContender and one main thing we have in common is that we are both pursuing Physical Therapy! More specifically, Pre- physical therapy, since we’re both in the phase between post undergrad and pre-PT school. Jess reached out to me via Twitter and proposed that we should work together in creating a virtual Pre-PT club, Pre-DPT Society. I obviously agreed and now we’re here announcing our big collaboration! We both hope that our club will be a resource for other Pre-PT students to connect with each other and share ideas and advice on the crazy, intense, and sometime wild ride that we know Pre-PT to be! By following and joining our club, you’ll have access to interviews with licensed PTs and current PT students, article shares, interview/GRE advice, and much more!
So that’s my spiel on our virtual club! In order to get to know us better, Jess and I interviewed each other. Jess’s interview will be posted on this blog post and my interview will be up on Jess’s blog. Without further ado, here’s the club’s Founders Interview…
Samantha (Braidologie): How old are you? Where are you from?
Jess (PTContender): I’m 27, and grew up in Northwest Florida. I just moved to North Dakota last December and I’m having fun learning what ND life is like.
S: Why do you choose to pursue Physical Therapy? What experience influenced your decision?
J: My first time observing was an experiment. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and didn’t even know if I would continue observing if I didn’t like my first day. I chose PT because it’s challenging, it makes all the difference, and it’s all the things I’m interested in -health, wellness, exercise, nutrition, psychology, communication, how the body works — it’s so many things, and it just makes sense to me.
S: What did you major in for undergrad?
J: I majored in Exercise Science and loved it! Most people doing Exercise Science are trying to do PT, but I wasn’t. As soon as I graduated I wanted to go to work anywhere and start making money. So I took a job because it was a leadership position, and ended up getting bored, feeling unchallenged and started looking for other options. That’s when I began thinking about PT.
S: What is the first thing you realized when you started observation hours?
J: When I shadowed a physical therapist for the first time, I watched a first time patient’s evaluation and realized a couple things: One- being a physical therapist is like solving a puzzle. Two- being a physical therapist is being a teacher. The PT did a number of movement and strength tests with the patient, then told the patient what he thought was going on with his body and what their plan of care would be. After that eval, I’ve been all about pursuing PT, and haven’t looked back since!
S: In your opinion, what makes physical therapists stand out from other medical professions?
J: Physical therapists are the body’s movement experts! They heal people by teaching them how to correct bad habits we’ve all created over the years – like bad posture. Also, if someone has pain, they can help them figure out ways to eliminate or manage that pain by treating the cause and not just the symptom. They help the body heal itself through movement, exercise, and even nutrition.
S: What do you hope to accomplish in PT school?
J: I hope to learn everything I can to help people heal through PT. I know I’ll have some side-goals, but that will be my main priority.
S: What is one misconception about Physical Therapy that you’d like to debunk?
J: I’d like people to know that it’s not just for injuries. A physical therapist can help with all phases of life, like before, during and after pregnancy!
S: Is there a certain specialty in the PT world that interests you the most? If so, do you plan on specializing?
J: I’m not sure if I plan on specializing yet. There are certain settings that I’ve preferred over others. During observation hours, for example, I liked pediatrics the least, and enjoyed outpatient clinic & the inpatient hospital the most.
S: What is your main goal after PT school?
J: I know for sure I want to stay open-minded and help people heal. I also know that I’ll always crave creativity and a challenge.
S: Any advice for those that also which to pursue Pre-PT?
J: Here are 3 things I keep in mind while pursuing my dream of being a PT:
- Don’t listen to negativity. We all know it’s competitive, and everyone tells us that it is. I just remember that thousands of others are PT’s, so why not me?
- Go all in. This is what I want, and I have to prioritize it over a lot of other things – I’m talking financial, social & leisure time.
- Get involved. I like to get involved on social media. There is a huge PT community on Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat! I have learned a lot about the profession and met a lot of inspiring people just by getting involved on social. If you want to get involved on Twitter, just let me know and I will give you names of people you should definitely follow!
And that sums up Jess from PTContender in a nutshell! My answers to these questions will be posted on Jess’s blog soon. Jess is a really cool person and I encourage you all to check out her blog! I also feel compelled to tell you that Jess and I haven’t met in person (yet) and our passion for PT is what led us to this exciting collaboration! It’s truly amazing what we can accomplish with technology these days.
We would love to get your feedback on Pre-DPT Society, since we’re pioneering in uncharted territory! For those interested in joining, what do you want us to cover in the Pre-PT world? Who should we interview? Let us know in the comments and feel free to reach out on our social media (links below)!
Peace, love, & blessings,