Whew – what a good feeling – I just finished my last final for module III!
It has for sure been a trek, but it has been so worth it. Right now as I look back at the last seven months – the first seven months of my DPT career – I am just amazed. I think back over the vast amount of material I have been taught, and I am awed by the experience I have had so far.
I by no means have had this positive attitude for the entire seven months because it has been an intense ride, but now that I am here at the end of this module, I am able to take a breath and really appreciate where I am. This past seven months has been more of a blessing to me than I could have ever imagined. I know without a doubt that the DPT Class of 2011 at Elon University is exactly where I am supposed to be.
My classmates (now wonderful friends) and my professors are more than I could have ever hoped for. They are perfect for me. I could not have imagined how rewarding graduate school and pursuing a DPT degree could be. I have been challenged in more ways these past months than I ever have in my life – and I could not be more thankful. I have changed for the better since beginning my career here at Elon. My professors – ones that have been with me since my first day on campus, as well as ones that I have only had for a couple of months – have all made an impact on my life for the better. And not just in preparing me to be the best physical therapist I can be when I am done here – but in preparing me to be the best person that I can be in my life.
I am beyond thankful for all that the Elon DPT program is and stands for. It is designed to keep us, the students, the priority. During my time here, I have yet to be in need of help for something or another and not had a professor or classmate who has been there to offer that help. I without a doubt feel that I am home at Elon, and I just feel so grateful that I am where I am. I know that when I come back from my two- week vacation, things are going to pick up like never before and, again, I am going to be challenged in new and more demanding ways – but, I know it will be worth it – and I say bring it on – because this is what it is all about – learning together, making mistakes together, growing together.
This program is not just preparing us to succeed in the field of physical therapy – it is preparing us to live life in a way that we most fully touch the lives of our patients and all who we share our lives with. It is not just a program to hurry through so that we can be done – it is something to be cherished (good and hard times) – an experience that we are so fortunate to be a part of – and the relationships and the learning are to be cherished.