In a Student’s Words… Brittney & Lauren

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November 26, 2012
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  • A Day In The Life
  • Closing a Chapter on PT School to Open the Next Door as a Clinician
    By: Marquette Student Ambassador, Brittney Lutsch

    After five and a half years of school, it is both exciting and scary to think about life after physical therapy school. In four short weeks, I will have my last final exams as a physical therapy student. In fact earlier today, I had my final orthopedics lab practical. It was a very bitter-sweet moment as I realized how close I am to being finished with school and enter the professional world.

    Next semester, my first 8-week clinical will be at a rehabilitation hospital near Milwaukee and the second at an out-patient orthopedic clinical near Chicago. I feel prepared and excited to begin my final clinical experiences and look forward to gaining knowledge from my clinical instructors and patients. It is not too much longer until I begin my career as a physical therapist. I will be overjoyed to have achieved my dream and also naturally a little nervous to begin my new experience.

    When I graduate, I will have spent 6 years at Marquette for my undergrad in exercise physiology and graduate school for physical therapy. There are many memories made and lessons learned which I will never forget because they have shaped who I am today. My original passion to pursue physical therapy came from my passion for dance and wanting everyone to have the ability to move even if it was not in a traditional way. My grandma lived with my family after a 3 different orthopedic surgeries and the positive impact her home therapist had on her life inspired me. Reflecting back upon my initial draw to therapy, I realize I have become more passionate about my future profession through the interactions I have had with patients and the stories our professors share. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend physical therapy school at Marquette and realize more everyday that physical therapy is what I am meant to do. After graduation, I know I will look fondly upon the time I had at Marquette and will carry the knowledge I have gained with me into the future.

    Closing a Chapter on PT School to Open the Next Door as a Clinician
    By: Marquette Student Ambassador, Lauren Croal

    Graduation. College. DPT. Holy Cow! I mean really, when asked to reflect upon the last 5 years as a student at Marquette University, I don’t even know where to begin. Nor can I believe that these past years have already come and gone, and that in a couple months I will be embarking on my last two clinical rotations before graduating, finally, from Physical Therapy school. To say it’s been a crazy few years is an understatement, the first year of PT school really tests you as a student. I’ll admit I had my doubts in the beginning, but something inside me kept pushing. I think all of us PT students have that push, sometimes it gets a bit weaker, like when “senioritis” kicks in, but at the end of the day that drive has gotten us through. With only 4 weeks left in my last semester of classes, and with only 6 months separating me from graduating, I am speechless. I enjoyed spending 8 hours a day with the same 60+ students for what seemed like forever, and I know I will actually miss it come May, but now I look ahead to what stands between me and graduation… Clinicals: two 8 week internships, one inpatient-rehab the other outpatient orthopedics. I am nervous, anxious, and excited, but I can say with full confidence that these last couple years have prepared me well. I hope all students realize that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and in order to get there, I leave you with this… “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.

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