Emma Jaffe

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
Growing up watching my mom as a nurse in the healthcare system, it really inspired me to follow a similar path. With that being said, from a very young age I knew healthcare could be a satisfying career path for me. In addition, growing up as a dancer I knew I could never have a job where I was stagnant and being able to obtain a career where I was always on the move was a goal for me. After shadowing multiple physical therapists, I realized that PT was my dream job. For me, PT was a career path that combined the want I had to improve people’s quality of life and maintained the activeness I longed for in a career. Now, after learning much more about the career, working a job as a PT aide, and being involved in the PT-concentration, I can confidently say I have made the right choice.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because the field PT, graduate school, and just general course requirements can seem very daunting at times. Within the program, I knew having the support system of my peers and our amazing advisor would allow for my experience to be a much smoother process. Being in the PT program definitely makes me feel more confident that I am on the right track, taking all of the courses I need to be taking, and overall just makes me feel like I am not alone in the process of reaching my PT goals.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program has definitely helped me prepare for graduate school. To elaborate, having a set schedule of course recommendations, the push to volunteer/shadow/etc, and the encouragement to be involved/obtain a leadership position allows for us students to have a step up in the application process. By making sure we are involved and on the right track with everything, it prepares us and allows us to feel much more confident that we are doing everything we can to be a good candidate for graduate school.

I am a twin and she goes to RU with me!

 

Ryan Hopp

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
I became interested in physical therapy when my best friend tore his ACL playing soccer. I watched his physical and mental health decrease and there was no one that could do anything about it. As time went on the rest of my friends and I visited him, but nothing was getting better. Finally, he started physical therapy and worked every day to get better. Although he was going through a lot of pain, he was getting better. I appreciated the process and became interested in watching the light return to the person's eyes. It made me want to learn more about physical therapy and even though I have never had my own personal experience with physical therapy, watching my closest friend go through it was enough to know it was the career for me.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I wanted to pursue the Rutgers DPT 4+3 program because of the guidance I would get from it. Having advisors that are involved and care about your future makes a huge difference. It also has helped me meet people with similar goals to me. My peers help motivate me to continue pushing forward through a tough course load.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program will help me prepare for PT school by providing me with connections and giving me the basic knowledge I need to move forward. It has helped me prepare for what I will see in the future.

A fun fact about me is that I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan!

 

Isabella Antonacci

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
I’ve always wanted to do something in the healthcare field and PT stood out to me for many reasons. I love the one on one interaction with patients and the ability to help them overcome the challenges they are facing. It’s such a fulfilling career to be able to see your patients get better and help them achieve their goals.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose this program because it’s such an amazing opportunity to be able to apply early to the Rutgers DPT program and to have such great resources available to me.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program has provided me with support and resources to help balance my academics and extracurriculars.

One fun fact about me is that I love to play volleyball and cook!

 

Melanie Barbosa

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist? 
I always knew I wanted to do something where I could genuinely help others feel good and lead a healthy lifestyle. This in combination with the fact that I wanted to have an occupation where I could build relationships with people, and my curiosity about the way the human body works, led me to physical therapy!

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program?
I chose to be in the DPT 4+3 program because I knew these professors and advisors would be setting us up for success. It provides so much insight and advice into graduate school and the occupation in general.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
Between the comprehensive education, volunteering hours and look into what it actually entails being a PT, this program helps us to really understand what we're getting into and keeps us moving in the right direction.

Some fun facts about me are that I love to cook, I have seven siblings, and I am apart of the track and field team here at Rutgers University!

 

 

Penny Vu

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I wanted to become a Physical Therapist because of what it could do for others. I have witnessed many athletes that have had severe injuries get back on their feet and play their sport again because of the rehabilitation efforts that their therapist provided. I want to be able to do the same which is why I chose the field.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4 + 3 Program because of the connections I could make and the resources I would have in front of me which would help me along my journey.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program will prepare me for graduate school by providing me with connections within the field and set a guideline for me to follow to ensure that I become a physical therapist.

One fun fact about me is that I powerlift!

 

 

Marc Elqumos

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I became interested in becoming a Physical Therapist after shadowing a PT for the first time. I was interested in pursuing a profession in the healthcare field in general. But when I saw the impact physical therapy had on the patients and how rewarding the career can be, I decided it was right for me.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program because it provides a straightforward and structured path to grad school and, eventually, a career. Additionally, I like how the program provides guidance and the opportunity to apply to PT school a year early.

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 the exact courses I need to take and the guidance to help me apply to graduate school.

A fun fact about me is that I love trying new foods and going to the gym!

 

 

Noa Cornec Clesca

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
Sports and exercise have always been a major component of my life, becoming one of my favorite pastimes. When I began looking into what I wanted to do professionally, my mind immediately went to sports. Thinking of the makeup of athletic teams aside from the players, there is the coaching and the training staff. The training staff holds a fundamental role in the success of the team in a more supportive role that I find appealing. I believe that becoming a physical therapist is a professional field that can encompass all these aspects, plus more.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the 4+3 Program because of its opportunities for guidance. Knowing what I wanted to do going into college, a program which was tailored for PT and could help guide me into getting into graduate school was important to me.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
I find that because of the resources available through the program, such as advising, everything that I need to do to get into graduate school is transparent. While being more rigorous, the program requirements force you to have a competitive application resume that far exceeds the requirements of any graduate school.

Some fun facts about me are that I am a huge New Jersey Devils fan, I love to play sports of all kind, and I am an avid traveler having visited Europe multiple times!

 

 

Matt Geraghty

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
For me, it's more than just helping people. It's all about caring for people in need because ultimately, you have no idea what is going on in their lives while they are a patient of yours. While assessing my interests in physical therapy, I came across a patient who said for the first time in their life, they felt cared for. That is my why. If I can have the same impact on other people that I did for that patient, I will feel as if I positively contributed to the wellness of our community, which is critical to me.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose this program because I wanted to actually earn a spot in the program as opposed to being enrolled as part of my enrollment in other universities. Earning a spot in this competitive program instilled a chip on my shoulder that will be beneficial in the long-run.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
Based on the curriculum of exercise-science majors on the Physical Therapy track, I think this program helps us become critical thinkers and problem solvers. This is important because in the real world of Physical Therapy, problem solving is a necessary skill in order to be a successful physical therapist.

A fun fact about me is that I love NFL and College football!

 

Anbolat Singh

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I wanted to become a PT because I tore my ACL playing football in high school and I went to physical therapy and absolutely fell in love with the career after observing it during my recovery.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the 4+3 program so I could have great advisors help me along the way of my journey, have a more guided plan in terms of classes to take and when, to make friends with people who have the same interests as me, and to have a little bit of an advantage when applying to PT school.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
I think the program has helped me prepare for graduate school by challenging me with hard classes and also being involved in extracurriculars, so I can learn how to handle a lot of things at the same time and manage my time efficiently.

A fun fact about me is that I have a tik-tok video with over 3 million views!

 

Gerald Van Baelen

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I have close family that has needed PT, and I’ve undergone PT myself, so I’ve seen the wonders first hand. I have always had strong interest in people and I have been an athlete all my life, so when college came around, PT was the easy choice.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I knew I wanted to pursue PT but didn’t know where to start. After learning the 4+3 DPT program would point me in the right direction, as well as provide guidance and opportunities, I decided I wanted to be apart of it.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
This program has given standards to hold myself to academically. The 4+3 DPT program has also surrounded me with intelligent peers and mentors to learn from.

A fun fact about me is that I am left-handed!

Abraar Shariff

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
In high school, I developed my initial interest in the subject of physical therapy. I play a lot of sports like volleyball, basketball, and soccer. I sustained many injuries, such as rotator cuff, ankle, lower back, and knee issues. I saw the athletic trainer frequently, and it helped me get back to playing sports without getting hurt. Beyond a desire to help people, I am motivated to become a physical therapist because I am excited about the potential it has to empower people and enhance their quality of life in general. Seeing individuals get better and return to what they want to do—whether it's walking, playing sports, or even just doing daily duties without pain or limitation—is what inspired me to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the program for its strong reputation and accreditation, offering high-quality education in physical therapy. The structured format, involving four years of undergraduate coursework followed by a three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program, I believe will be helpful to streamline the long education process. Another appeal lies in its experienced faculty, ample clinical resources, and networking opportunities within the healthcare community, providing a comprehensive learning environment. In addition, graduates benefit from successful career outcomes, with high job placement rates and competitive salaries in the field of physical therapy.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
It has helped me to stay on track and focused on my ultimate goal of becoming a DPT. It is very easy to get lost in all the requirements that PT schools look for, and the program has helped me focus my energy on the most important tasks to achieve my dream with as little confusion as possible.

A fun fact about me is that I view lifting as the best form of both mental and physical therapy!

 

Shaelyn Reilly

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I have always been interested in the medical profession and helping people. My love for dance is what led me to my interest in physical therapy. I had relied so much on dance to be my outlet and felt for my friends or other people I knew, who had been injured and could no longer participate in the sport or activity they loved. It was then that I realized I wanted to help people get back to doing what they love and help people improve their quality of life through PT.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
I chose the Rutgers DPT 4+3 program because of the beneficial structure of my undergraduate curriculum and the many ways the program prepares me for graduate school.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
Being a part of this program has prepared me by keeping me on top of all my requirements and helping me maintain the high expectations needed for graduate school. The most beneficial part of the program is having an amazing advisor who guides me through each step as I approach applying for PT school.

A fun fact about me is that I can walk in a back-bend!

 

Bianka Cuadra

What made you want to become a Physical Therapist?
I became interested in this field after I needed the care of a PT after a softball  injury. Softball was a big part of my life and after my injury I wasn’t sure I would be able to recover to the same way that I was. Thankfully I encountered a PT who helped me through my recovery and kept me motivated to work at it everyday. This encounter encouraged my interest in the field. I wanted to become the PT that helped young athletes recover and return to what they love.

Why did you choose Rutgers DPT 4+3 Program? 
The Rutgers DPT program provides the opportunity to be apart of a path that allows you to accomplish what you want to do quicker and structurally. Along the way it also helps you meet others with the same career goals and mentors that can help you along your journey. These are some of the reasons why I ended up choosing the Rutgers DPT 4 + 3 program.

How do you think this program has helped you prepare for graduate school?
Exercise Science is a difficult major and I believe that the classes have truly prepared me so far with the focus and determination that they require. The pre-requisites for this major are quite rigorous and as a student you need to prove in the classroom how invested you are into this field. The hard work I put in the classroom will definitely help me through graduate school.

A fun fact about me is that I am obsessed with baking!