Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Journey Continues

Our third year of PT school has begun.  As the first-years start their orientation today, I was forced to reflect over the past two years and all that has happened since entering a new phase of life in grad school.  Those first-year classes seem so long ago and yet, these two years really have moved quite quickly. I am very grateful for the growth that has come along with these past two years both personally and professionally. I’m also very excited for the incoming class to start their own grad school journey.

We have been back in classes for less than a week after another fully appreciated break away. I got to travel home for Christmas to spend time back with my family and friends back in Seattle, and to rest before coming back to the busy schedule that has picked right back up upon our return. We have our final exam and practical this week for electro and will be switching over to wound care next week. We have also continued at a dead sprint in our other classes with upcoming tests, quizzes, practicals and papers. Oh, the life of a student.

Although classes have picked up right where we left off, the school feels very different than when we left it. The graduated class has officially moved on, the now second-year students are spread out for their first clinical rotation, and we third-years await the addition of not only the new PT class but also, the first PA class. Our little section of campus is about ready for a large change from empty hallways to full parking lots and ongoing noise.

Hope you all were able to rest and enjoy the holidays as well!

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Big Changes for a New Year

Happy New Year!  I am writing from my new home —  the place I will be living until my first clinical rotation ends on February 22, 2013.  It’s still hard to believe tomorrow I start my first day as a second year PT student… and just as hard to believe that I will be starting the day in a hospital on the coast of North Carolina.  Having lived on the coast through undergrad and then as a teacher, I consider the coast of NC my home. When I received the news that my first clinical site was not far from where I once lived on the coast I was very excited.

I recall driving to Myrtle Beach a few years ago and wondering what the huge new building along the highway on the right was going to be. On another trip this building was almost finished; it was going to be a hospital. Today I drove by and saw the hospital completed for the first time since I moved to Elon for PT school. This awesome new hospital will be the place where I will learn from my very knowledgeable and experienced clinical instructor.

I had an opportunity to talk with my clinical instructor on the phone over the Christmas break and she sounds like someone I am really going to enjoy working with. She has more than 36 years of experience for me to learn from and I am just thrilled to be placed with someone with so much to share. She informed me that the PT department just moved into the new hospital about a month ago. I think it will be very nice to work at such a new facility.

Housing can sometimes be a challenge when participating in a clinical away from home. I was blessed to have the opportunity to stay with family friends that live close to the hospital. l have two new great roommates for these next few weeks and am fortunate to be staying in a lovely home in a beautiful community. I do have to admit that a couple of weeks ago I was getting nervous; I had yet to secure a place to stay and clinical rotation was arriving quickly. I thank God for these two generous women opened their home to me; today I got settled in and got things squared away so that tomorrow I can start bright and early at the hospital.

With such an exciting day ahead of me tomorrow, I am going to do just a few more things before heading to bed in hopes of getting a good nights’ sleep. I look forward to writing the next blog so I can share with you how my clinical rotation is going! In the mean time, I wish you a Blessed New Year!