In addition to the questions in my post on FAQ, many of you have asked about my experiences in PT school. As stated in my mini bio, I went to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL. It’s an accelerated program, meaning I was in school year round for about 2.5 years with small break every 4 months.
To say that physical therapy school was stressful would be an understatement. It was especially stressful being far away from my close friends and family. There was a huge difference in the way I had to study in undergrad and my effort, time and energy spent on studying in this graduate program. It was literally like a full-time job. And even with all of the effort and energy put into studying, there were still practicals that I failed and exams that I bombed. There was one instance after failing a practical for a second time in a row that I completely broke down (emotionally and mentally) and considered giving up. But thankfully, I had a close group of friends (shout-out to Jessie!) that helped me push forward. And I am forever grateful for that.
I think that one of the biggest struggles in school was being one of the few girls who looked like me. In fact, I was the only black girl in my graduating class. So I made a big effort to make connections and friendships with girls in classes above and below me, to ask for guidance and share advice on dealing with classes, hair, and stress.
There were also a lot of highs that helped balanced out the lows, however. Almost failing a class taught me resilience. I am now more self-confident in my own abilities and not afraid to be the odd woman out. And outside of personal growth, I gained a few friends who I still speak with regularly.
This purpose of this post is not to deter anyone from applying or attending physical therapy school. It’s to shed light on the not so pretty side of what I had to push through in order to be able to work in this rewarding career. So if I can do it, so can you!