Pre-Health Focus: Pre-PT
Major: Exercise Science and Health, Pre-PT track
Minor(s): Psychology and Pre-Health Professions Studies
Hometown: Corvallis, OR
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities: I am on the University of Idaho's Dance Team. I also enjoy hiking, reading, and playing with my dogs.
Initial Interest: When I was fifteen, I suffered a stroke. It was the amazing health care professionals who helped me through my recovery that first got me interested in the health care field. I attribute much of my recovery to my dedication to ballet. I returned to ballet classes two days after my stroke. While my brain was still trying to recover, my body remembered the intricate patterns that had been ingrained in me from twelve years of dance training. I realized how important my physical health was to my mental recovery. This recognition solidified that whatever I ended up doing in my career, I wanted it to be spent ensuring that despite what people have gone through, they don’t have to lose their body too. The more I shadowed physical therapists, the more I realized that their job, albeit at a much more complicated level, was what I had done my whole life staring in the ballet mirror. They find the flaws and abnormalities in movement and adjust them to make them as efficient as possible. I had discovered my career path.
Experience Highlights: I have shadowed physical therapists in a variety of settings, but one of my favorite experiences was shadowing in hospital clinic in the aquatics department. I had the opportunity to observe pediatric, geriatric, and neurological patients. I loved the variety and uniqueness of the therapy techniques. It was one of my most memorable shadowing experiences.
Advice for new Pre-Health Students: I would urge students hoping to enter the health field to do their research. It is never too early to start preparing for your future. Make sure that you know what the requirements are for your intended career path your freshman year so that you are not blindsided as a senior hoping to apply to various programs.