Copy of RU DPT 43 Pre PT Concentration Class of 2023

 

JennieJennie Waddell

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
Growing up as a student athlete from the moment I could apply for school sports, injuries were very commonplace in my life. Ironically, I often chose to not seek much medical attention because I thought that I needed to be ‘tougher’ or that I was ‘making it up.’ Once I found that I needed surgery to remove a bone that was causing me pain on a daily basis, I was torn over not being able to compete in my favorite sports. Despite my injuries ranging from something like a simple bruise to a fractured shin, I had never needed the intervention of physical therapy. While reluctant to go, I knew it was necessary, and little did I know that experience would shape my future. I was fascinated to see how my body could go from something so shaky and flimsy to something fully functional and it really sparked my curiosity. I had never really understood the realm of physical therapy but I wanted to learn more and more after my experiences. Now on track to becoming a physical therapist, I hope to help many others who were in my position as well as those I cannot relate to in the future!

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program so that I do not feel alone in my path to becoming a physical therapist. I was planning on going to school for musical theatre for several years until ultimately deciding on pursuing physical therapy, so being able to receive a set of goals, resources and support that may not be as easily obtainable or clear otherwise is a huge help. Being in this program helps me feel more confident that I am on track and encourages me to try my hardest alongside my peers.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program has already helped me prepare for graduate school even from freshman year. Back in high school, it was really easy to ignore the college application process- especially due to the weirdness brought by COVID-19 protocols! So when the time came, it was really intimidating for someone who didn’t exactly have many pointers on applying. The Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program helps me avoid this similar issue with graduate school, and helps keep me stay on track and prepare early on for the application process. This program helps me feel extremely comfortable reaching out to the directors of the program as well as other students who are following the same path as me.

A fun fact about me is that I am a big fan of the arts and I love to create art or sing in my free time. I am proud to be a member of the Voorhees choir!

 

JennieKimo Ayavaca

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
My journey in physical therapy began in 10th grade when I had to go to PT for a calf issue and since then many others in my family have gone as well. It is amazing to witness first hand how they have recovered and left physical therapy feeling even better than they did pre-injury. Helping others is something that has always caught my attention and I feel there is no better way to do it then to help individuals recover from injuries and motivate them through what is usually a long term healing process. 

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program as it provided me with a structured way to go about my college studies. I knew going into college I wanted to be in this field but did not know how to go about it or even where to start and this program provided me with guidance. 

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 with a course schedule of when and what courses to take. The emphasis on shadowing hours has also helped greatly as this past summer I got to learn more about the field and also reassure myself that this is the path for me. 

A fun fact about me is that I love sports, with soccer being my favorite and will religiously watch the English Premier League every weekend that it is on.

 

Khushi RanaKhushi R

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
My passion for becoming a physical therapist all began when I had to get pediatric physical therapy for Bell’s palsy when I was younger. During the sessions with my PT, I remembered how she was always by my side and  guided me through different engaging exercises. The love and care that I received from my PT made me inclined to pursue the same career, in which I also hope to leave an impact on a patient throughout their journey in rehabilitation and healing.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the DPT 4+3 Program because it gives me the opportunity to apply to graduate school a year earlier than most other schools. The advisers are also truly incredible and I wished to be part of a program where I can gain the support from the staff and my peers. 

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
The Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program offers plenty of volunteering opportunities for students to take advantage of and prepares us with an organized set of courses and steps to follow. I appreciate how this program does not only emphasize on academics, but it also focuses on gaining experience outside of the classroom and getting exposed to different clinical settings in preparation for graduate school. 

One fun fact about myself is that I helped nurture a pigeon back to health when it was injured. 

 

Christopher ChingKhushi R

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
During the quiet and isolated days of the COVID pandemic, we relied on our phones and other technology for entertainment and a light of inspiration. On apps like TikTok and Instagram, I turned something I paid somewhat attention to into something I loved and intrigued to learn more about. This was the health of the mind and the body. I became intrigued with ways on how to live the healthiest lifestyle and how to accomplish our goals. Physical therapy really connected these two aspects of life into something that I would be fascinated to do as a possible career. Getting people back to their life they love is the first step to conquering life, like everyone should. 

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program?
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because I knew it would set me up with a great path to get where I ultimately want to be. Great teachers and mentors will provide me with resources towards Grad School and beyond. 

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
The ability to learn and hear from other students in the program I feel is essential and gives an upper hand to understanding how Grad school works. Also, gaining friendships with new students that have similar interests and goals as me will push me to be the very best. 

One fun fact about me is that I've been going to Rutgers football and basketball games my whole life.

 

Khushi R

Maame Afia Aboagyewaa-Sarfo

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
Initially I wanted to become a physician associate however after recovering from an athletic injury, the rehabilitation process began to interest me. More specifically, I began to understand how rewarding the profession can be, as you help patients grow and reach a range of motion that they’d previously had.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because it proved beneficial to me in many ways. The Rutgers 4+3 DPT Program provides me with an oasis of likeminded people who are just goal oriented and determined as I am. Additionally the staff help me to navigate all the required courses and provided us with a roster of physical therapy facilities that aid in gaining volunteer hours.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program will help me to prepare for graduate school as it aims to keep me focused on achieving high grades while also emphasizes the importance of getting involved with the school extracurriculars. 

One fun fact about myself is that I'm Ghanaian, and I love going to the gym because the changes my body goes through during the different seasons never ceases to amaze me.

 

Khushi R

Natalia Palka

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I have always been interested in medical professions where I can help others. I think what initially sparked my interest was seeing my aunt start going to physical therapy. She started with the belief that her pain would never go away, and she would have to learn to live with it. However, after consistent visits with her physical therapist I noticed a major difference. She was happier, and even began to complain less about the pain. I thought it was amazing how much of a difference it made for my aunt, not just from the exercises but also from the good relationship she built with her PT who would consistently encourage and support her. After some further research I grew more interested, and I knew that physical therapy was a career I want to do in the future. 

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because of the benefits and opportunities offered that will help guide me to have a successful future. Having the support from the advisors provides a clear understanding on what’s required and how to prepare for graduate school.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
The program has already made me aware of what to expect in the future. The staff has been helpful in advising what is expected and I feel more confident that I am taking the right classes and doing what is needed to prepare for my future.

A fun fact about me is that I love to cook. I enjoy learning new recipes and trying new things I’ve never had before.

 

Khushi R

Alexis Nocella

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I wanted to become a physical therapist after growing up in the dance world and having injuries through dance. I then became interested in finding exercises and ways to help my injuries and my friend's injuries as well. 

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 program after taking the Rutgers Pre-Physical therapy course over the summer. After that course I became interested in the program and liked all of the resources and guidance that the program could provide me.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
I think this program will prepare me for graduate school by having high and clear expectations for grades and courses, along with advisors to help me out with my application and the proper steps.

One fun fact about me is that I have been to Thailand on a school trip.

 

Khushi R

Nicolette Zika

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
As a child, I was involved in pediatric PT due to decreased muscle tone throughout my body. I naturally grew into a very active lifestyle, with parents and mentors pushing me to become stronger and more agile. From competitive dance, to recreational sports, to yoga and Pilates, my interest in the mechanics of the body continuously grew as I aged. Thus, a career in PT has piqued my interest for many years. I hope to enter the uplifting atmosphere of this field and help others work towards their personal goals.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
The Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program has many valuable opportunities and resources that interest me. I have no doubt that the structured curriculum and supportive advisors will continue to foster my curiosities and guide me towards success.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program will allow me to create connections that will be used throughout my PT career and provide me with the foundational scientific knowledge needed for graduate school.

A fun fact about me is that I love to crochet!