Just a few weeks ago, I began my last semester as an undergraduate student—quite surprising, to say the least! Also, the thought of entering graduate school in June is quite nerve-racking. So, I will spend this semester preparing by doing a few things:
- Completing all necessary paperwork and requirements:
Before entering the graduate portion of the physical therapy program at UC, each student must complete a few key things. As a student set to enter the DPT program, I am required to submit paperwork stating that I completed a minimum of 40 observation hours, update all health information including shots and physicals, as well as papers stating that I understand the basic layout of our program (the 3-year track).
- Meeting fellow classmates:
Though I am pretty sure that I know each of my PT classmates, it is important to ensure that feeling. These people will be people that I will spend the next 3 years of my life with. If I do not know them, especially on a personal level, it will be extremely awkward in class when we are all required to practice on one another.
- Researching the curriculum:
I am aware that our graduate work is roughly 3 years long, though I am not exactly sure how the courses are organized within the curriculum. Therefore, I plan to research the graduate curriculum in order to stay organized and determine what I will be completing each year.
- Staying involved, yet focused:
As an undergraduate student, I am involved in many, many things that take up a majority of my free time. However, as a graduate student, I may not always have that free time, so I will have to give up a few leisure activities in order to remain focused on my studies. Therefore, I will be spend a few moments this semester determining what I wish to stay involved in and what will have to stay in my undergraduate years in order to accommodate for the course load that I am going to be taking on in graduate school.
- Making plans for life after graduation:
Though it seems a little far-fetched, it’s always important to plan ahead! I have 3 years to truly decide on my post-graduate plans, but I want to explore all of my options and find what I like best. So, I plan to spend more time this semester exploring the large sector of physical therapy in medical practice in order to determine which route I would like to take after graduation.
Though I have a lot to do, I’m ready to enjoy my last semester as an undergrad all while preparing for grad school in June!