From a young age children observe the adults around them. As a boy watches his carpenter father working on a piece of furniture, he may soon begin lifting a toy hammer to imitating his father’s hammering motion. A girl is saved from a burning building by a team of firefighters and it is only a matter of days before she decides she will be a firefighter one day as well. Our upbringing, life experiences, and personality dictate many of our choices. One of the most important choices we must make is the career we select to make our living.
From the time I was able to walk I have trained as an elite athlete; swimming and gymnastics were my strong suit. In high school I suffered from an athletic overuse injury of the shoulder that required me to undergo surgery and extensive physical therapy. After learning that I would not be physically capable of performing at the level I desired, I was devastated. My physical therapist and staff were very supportive and motivated. They helped me to get back to competing and I have been forever grateful. After this experience I decided that if I could help an athlete do what others say is impossible, I would be giving them back the life they want and deserve. I have always been fascinated by the human body and its capabilities, which is why I was interested in becoming a medical doctor; however, my experience with physical therapy has shown me another facet of medical care.
I have always been told stories of my grandfather as a military surgeon and his role in inventing facial reconstruction during the war. As I reached middle school, I began an obsession with medical shows on television; I was intrigued by what most people found to be unbearable and disgusting. I determined that the ideal job for me would be a medical doctor or surgeon. My experience in high school with physical therapy drove me to begin researching an alternate field of study. As a physical therapist I would be able to use my love of athletics, as well as my medical aptitude to better the world. Although my research of physical therapy had opened a new door, I had not yet chosen to change my career path.
As a senior at Arizona State University, I have narrowed my career choices by declaring my major; I still have many choices to make. The most significant decision I have made regarding my career is the choice I have made more recently, to obtain my Doctorate of Physical Therapy instead of going to medical school. This change will be the best option because I will start the new program sooner than if I still needed to apply for medical school. The Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs I am interested in are also considerably less expensive than a medical degree, and I can earn almost as much as a medical doctor. I have not yet chosen a school for my...