I meant to get this post out this morning, but with 3 tests this week (all sciences!) I pretty much haven’t done anything that doesn’t involve text books, a calculator and graph paper or a model of a skull…
I haven’t even gone for a run since my 20 miler on Sunday!
So, the question is – 1 year later, what do I think??
I guess the good news is that since I left, while I’ve second guessed and doubted my decision to go back to school for physical therapy, I’ve never regretted leaving my job. Working in entertainment and professional sports was a lot of fun and I had a lot of really great and unique experiences, but I was never particularly passionate about it and it was definitely time for a change.
Right after I left last September I started a yoga teacher training class and am now a certified yoga teacher! Definitely not something I ever thought I’d do, but I’m so glad I did – I met a lot of great people, learned a lot about the practice of yoga and now I get to share it by teaching others!
In January of 2013 I started taking the pre-requisite classes I need to apply to Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs. That first semester I took Bio, Chem and Psychology and over the summer I took Bio II and Statistics. It was awkward being back in school for the first few weeks (and by that I mean it was a complete culture shock from a corporate office in NYC), but after awhile I got used to it and just focused on doing well, which I did.
This semester has been very different so far. While I was well aware that taking on Anatomy, Chemisty, Physics and Psychology would be quite a workload, it’s even more than I anticipated. Add that to a weak and out of practice math background and I had a major meltdown within the first couple of weeks and wanted to quit.
I got through that and decided to keep going and just do my best (I mean the semester was paid for already, right?!?).
I’d have to say that this week has hands down been my busiest school week yet with an anatomy test (that went great), a chemistry test (that went not so great), a physics test (that got postponed because we were on lockdown in the school because of a shooting in the area), and an online psychology test (tomorrow). An overwhelming week to say the least.
And, if I make it through this semester I have Physiology, Physics II and a math course in the spring!
One of the main reasons I was ready to leave my job was was because I wasn’t challenged by…I guess if nothing else I solved that problem!
So, 1 year later I can say I’m still happy with my decision.
I’m going to keep working and do my best to make it through these pre-requiste classes and get into a DPT program, but if it doesn’t happen I won’t regret leaving my job. It was time for a change I’m glad I finally found the courage to make that change, wherever it ends up leading me!