Why did you decide to
become a PT/PTA?
Beside my background in
helping others I strongly believe that being a physically active person
contributed to me choosing a carrier in Physical Therapy. From
an early age I became involve in organized gymnastics and dance
competitions. To this day I keep myself fit. No matter how hard my
day is at school, I still make time to work out or dance every day.
How do you think your background helps you as: a.) A current student?
I was brought up in a very hard working family. Both my
parents were always working. As a child I would often go to
work with my mom who worked as a cook in a nursing home.
My parents had only achieved a high school education but both
were avid readers that constantly encourage me to read, study
and get the best grades possible. Little did I know at the time
that they were doing the best they could to ensure that I had
an opportunity to go further in life than they did. b.) A future clinician?
Going to work with my mom I quickly became friends with
many of the elderly residents. Many of them were wheelchair
bound and I thought pushing them around the nursing home
grounds was the greatest thing. I had no idea I was actually
helping them to regain some of their joy, which many of them
had let go. It quickly became apparent that I not only enjoyed
helping the elderly and disabled but I also had a knack for it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Who knows, I do enjoy going to school, I might even continue to
pursue an advanced degree in the field.
What is your ultimate goal as a PT/PTA?
My ultimate goal is to help children, especially disabled children. I’d
like to help them overcome whatever handicap they are experiencing
so that they may not only succeed in life but they would also enjoy