My break finished up wonderfully with some more relaxation and socializing, as well as a break for camping. I can’t be home without taking full advantage of the cooler temperatures and the outdoors!
We started back up three weeks ago with a very different schedule set up. We are back to Wednesdays without classes, but instead, each one gets filled up with time in the lab, working on research, studying, volunteering, and periodically, a little social time. We have class from about 9-5 every day but are only taking two classes and one online class. Orthopedics is about 90 percent of our time and focus, while we keep up with our small group research and clinical imaging.
We’re about halfway through our first ortho section, the spine, and gosh, I am such an ortho nerd. I get truly excited to learn techniques and better understand the pathologies that I’ve seen. It’s reassuring to see my own excitement and passion for PT increase during these times and I’m reminded, once again, of why I commit so much time to learning, practicing, and studying. I did choose this life for this period and there’s a good reason for it.
We also added three members to our class recently. Two students from previous classes took some time off and have now joined our class to continue their time at Elon. Also, our classmate and his wife, who were expecting their first child, had their beautiful daughter! It’s been a fun chance for some change.
The undergraduate students are returning to campus and I’m just realizing how quickly summer has flown by. The quiet campus will soon return to its normal order as we adjust to sharing the gym and library once again.
Hurricane Irene seems to be leaving us fairly alone here, at least from what I’ve experienced so far, so I’m quite grateful for that. Hope the rest of you are staying/stayed safe as well!
Finally, if any of you are from the incoming class, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions as you start to plan your next three years. I know I had questions a year ago so feel free to ask about whatever you need!