You might already know Jasmine Marcus from her blog, PT to be in ’15. She is a physical therapist who graduated from Columbia Univeristy in 2015, and has written several guest posts on New Grad Physical Therapy. I started reading her blog when I was an undergraduate student and was still figuring out what career I wanted to pursue. I’ve learned so much from her, and she was an inspiration for starting my own blog.
I’ve been slacking a bit with writing this post. Finals happened three weeks ago, and Fall semester started last week!
We had 2 practicals the week before written exams started. I studied super hard for the practicals, and then I didn’t have as much time to study for the 4 written exams and 1 practical the following week. Procrastinating is still hard to manage, but finals went well nonetheless. Continue reading
Here is a list of supplies that I have used so far in PT school. While I did use a majority of them, you do not need everything to do well in school. Everyone studies differently, so figure out what you need. Your program may supply some of these things, so make sure to contact your school to see what you need to purchase.
So we had one exam on Friday, and then three exams last week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This led us to not much time to study. I thought I had been doing well with keeping up with the material, but I hadn’t been learning the material in the best way. Continue reading
I had a midnight flight on the way back to Maryland. This is a photo of the southern part of the San Franciscy Bay Area. I really tried to not fall asleep on the flight so I could look at all the pretty lights, but there weren’t many lights over the midwest so I did sleep for a couple hours. Continue reading
I’ve been a bit down lately, and I realized that it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed with classes and get frustrated with professors. It’s easy to complain about your situation and dwell on the things that you cannot change. However, being in such a negative state was terrible for my health, and I haven’t been the super happy, bubbly person that I normally am. Continue reading
I wrote a similar post after my first semester of PT school, titled “10 Things I Learned in My First Semester”. I’m going to keep writing similar posts throughout school, because I’m always learning something new.
1. I worked a lot harder than in my first semester.
This semester was more challenging than the fall semester for me. However, I started off a lot stronger because my study habits started off stronger, and we had taken classes with the same professors already. I thought the first semester was tough, but this semester was more difficult me, academically, mentally, and emotionally. I am so proud of all my accomplishments so far. Looking back on undergrad, I realize that my grades could have been much higher and that I did not apply myself as much as I could have. I can’t change that GPA and I’m fine with that, but I am able to push myself harder because I realized that I am capable of doing extremely well in such a rigorous program. Continue reading
Spring semester has been really tough and I’ve been through a lot in the past several weeks. The semester is finally over, and I’m back in California for the next couple of weeks. Continue reading
Several times throughout the past couple of weeks I’ve said to myself, “This is the most stressed out I’ve been in PT school”, and then I would say the same thing the next week. A lot has happened in the past month, including 8 exams (yes, you read that correctly. 8 exams in 1 month), a messed up sleep and exercise schedule, a new baby niece, and a recent bug infestation. It’s been hectic, but I finally have the chance to take a breath and get back to normal. Continue reading