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Website PhotoJoseph Renda

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
Ever since I first volunteered at Children's Specialized Hospital when I was fifteen years old, I knew I wanted to work towards being a Physical Therapist. The feeling of being a part of another person's story and rehabilitation is what made the career of Physical Therapy so desirable to me.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program?
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because it was brand new for when I was entering college. I thought it would be the perfect fit for me to be a part and the start of an amazing program.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school? 
This program has given me an immense amount of guidance through amazing advising and endless opportunities to prepare me for the DPT program. The rigorous requirements pushed me to see how much potential I truly have, as well as pushing me out of my comfort zone to create opportunities for myself. 

A fun fact about me is I love to hike! So far I have hiked through Acadia National Park and some parts of the Adirondack Mountains. I cannot wait to hike in some places on the West Coast next summer!

 

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What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
I wanted to become a physical therapist because I believe with exercise, holistic healing, and an overall health program, any individual, can avoid feeling like old age has taken a toll on their body. Moreover, as a physical therapist technician at Trinity Rehab, I have been able to follow patients through a weekly schedule and see the improvement they are experiencing because of physical therapy. It gives me satisfaction that the patients are making improvements and that they are getting better no matter the age or injury that they have sustained.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program?
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because of its amazing resources ranging from faculty and academic advising to being with an individualized cohort who can build a bond with each other. We support each other's ambitions and provide advice for anything career-related. The DPT Program has given me the resources necessary to be confident to apply for physical therapy school. 

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school? 
This program has helped me prepare for graduate school by providing me networking opportunities with different physical therapists, graduate admissions staff, and personalized professional development. Through the interview, resume, and cover letter prep I have felt confident to submit my best application forward. In addition, building relationships with Dr. Nagle and Ms. Reuter allows me to know I have supportive people in my corner who want to see me succeed. 

A fun fact about me is that I am currently a sister of Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated. I was recently accepted as a McNair Scholar. I love anime!

 

Christian KimHeadshot

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
I think that the physiological functions of the human body are simply amazing. I am also a firm believer and advocate of exercise and find the effects of exercise on both the body and mind incredible. I want to guide people into becoming the best version of themselves through the use of exercise and physical therapy.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program?
Going into Rutgers University, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in exercise science. In the summer before my freshman year, Dr. Nagle was holding a presentation about a new PT program that was going to start this year, and I knew I could not pass an opportunity like this.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school? 
Through the DPT 4+3 Program, I have been able to stay in close touch with both Dr. Nagle and Ms. Reuter. They continuously check up on the students in the Pre-PT Concentration and ensure that we are on track. I have felt extremely prepared and confident through my journey of applying to graduate schools.

A fun fact about me is if when I am not in class or studying, I enjoy playing tennis, basketball, and working out with friends and family. I am also an EMT for my hometown and enjoy helping those in need.

 

IMG 0616Jesus Rufino

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
What made me want to become a Physical Therapist was me experiencing therapy before and knowing how much of an impact they can have. I always wanted to be in a profession where I can feel good about what I do. It’s also a profession that is evolving and there’s always something new. You can specialize in different things, and it gives you the privilege of applying all your knowledge and helping out people for a living. 

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 program because I saw it as a great opportunity coming in as a first-year. I wanted to be as prepared as possible for the competitive application process. There are great resources here and with the guidance being offered, I knew I needed to go for it.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school? 
This program has helped me prepare for graduate school by creating higher standards for us that will be expected later on. There are many resources at our disposal and the advisors help us stay on top of things because they ultimately want us to succeed. That support and guidance is reassuring and can go a long way. It also offered us opportunities to get more involved and improve our resumes.

A fun fact about myself is that I am a huge FC Barcelona fan and I enjoy playing soccer and running. It’s just an outlet for me and it’s always nice to go out for some fresh air.

 

IMG 8714 Madison Passarella

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
I wanted to be a physical therapist ever since I could remember. When I was 2 years old, my mom was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. I loved going with her to her PT visits and was so interested in all the new and cool equipment that was used in the field. This made me want to become a PT so I can help others like her to progress through injuries and get them back to normal for their families. Also, being a student-athlete I have been in and out of PT multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed all of my experiences.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
Before entering Rutgers as a freshman, I had no doubt that I was going to pursue physical therapy. I remember hearing about the new DPT 4+3 program that Rutgers was offering, and I instantly knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I chose the program because it was new and I felt very welcomed by all of the advisors. With all of the guidance being offered, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school? 
This program has helped me immensely with preparing for graduate school with all of the workshops and networking opportunities with different physical therapists. Dr. Nagle and all of the program advisors have been so supportive in answering any questions that I had and making sure that I have everything I need to succeed in my future career as a physical therapist. Through their support, they have helped me feel confident and kept me on track for applying to graduate school.

A fun fact about me is that I love softball and am currently the Vice President of the Rutgers Club Softball team. I also have been to Italy 4 times to visit my extended family there!