The Top 3 Steps to Mastering Your Pre-PT School/Life Balance

Structure and Balance. These two words mean a lot to us as pre-PT students and DPT students. But what exactly are the the top 3 steps to mastering your pre-PT school/life balance?

  1. Balance doesn’t exist, but priorities do

Even if you’re doing multiple things simultaneously, you’re still not doing them all at the same time. Even in that midst of multitasking, you’re turning off your attention to one thing as your switch your attention to another. If you’re doing 2 things, you’re putting in 50% to each of those things. If it’s 3 things, you’re putting in 33% to each one. Each time you add another, you are reducing your ability to focus on your PRIORITIES.

You might have a ton of different opportunities presented in front of you and might be thinking, “How can I possibly balance and manage all of these things at once?” But what is important to you? What are your priorities? Are you aware of your priorities? Have you wrote...

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Are You Flying Too Low?

Are you flying too low as a pre-PT? Let’s use an analogy to talk through this. For example, let’s talk about eagles and pigeons. Eagles are very majestic, strong, and dominant birds. They usually fly alone and tend to fly very high above a storm and above EVERYTHING else. And then there are the pigeons. The majority of pre-PT students are like pigeons. Pigeons will typically flock together in big groups. They’ll designate a leader and then switch or rotate as they fly.

Like the pigeons, as a pre-PT, you might be surrounded by many people that will tell you. “You know what..you’ve taken the GRE three times already. Maybe you should do something else. Maybe you should consider taking a different avenue.” You might be surrounded by who tell you, “maybe this isn’t your calling” and try to persuade you not to commit to a certain career. At the end of the day, those people are the pigeons that are flying around with you. 

Then,...

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How Pre-PT Grind Helped Me Discover My Passion For Mentorship

Imagine that you have received your acceptance to the PT school of your dreams. It’s a HUGE accomplishment and something to be proud of! Now that you have gone through the process, have you reached out to other Pre-PT students? I’ve learned paying it forward to help another student who was in my shoes is the best feeling.   

I realized being a mentor was what I am passionate about and that I enjoy helping students succeed. I know that I have been through the same application, took the same GRE, and got invited to an interview. I’ve learned about the whole process and what PT schools look for in their applicants. Being a mentor for Pre-PT’s and helping out in any way I can all came from being apart of the Pre-PT Grind community.

 

I found Pre-PT Grind a few months before I submitted my application last year. I knew there wasn’t a platform like this where it felt like a community of individuals. When I did reach out to the team to tell them...

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What Do I Do When My Self-Belief As A Pre-PT Quickly Turns To Doubt And/Or Fear?

"Find people who believe in you more than you even believe in yourself."

Do you ever just get so overwhelmed? Studying for tests, working at your job, filling out applications, studying for the GRE, trying to maintain a social life, and everything else? No doubt, it is TOUGH trying to juggle all of that. But don’t stop putting in the work. Keep training your mind and your body to put up with the stress of life because you’ll get to that next level of graduate school and it will just get more intense than it is now. Life doesn’t get harder, you get better.

If you’re applying to PT school now, have you felt really good about the direction you’re headed in and felt so confident? At some point, have you felt yourself slipping, having frustrations, or even doubting yourself? Maybe right now, you’re at the point where you we’re saying to yourself, “I don’t know..I really don’t know if I’m going to be able to get through...

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Taking The Physical Therapy Leap: Is It Worth It?

What prompts those of us with already stable careers to take the leap and apply to PT school later in life? Are we driven by unseen forces and internal fire? Are we simply bored with our current career path and looking for a change? And most of all, is it worth taking the leap?

"I love the independence and freedom I have as a practicing PT."

Applying to PT school as an established professional and well developed adult has its positive selling points. We tend to look more well-rounded on applications because of the additional experiences those years have given us. Perhaps we have travelled, lived in a foreign country, run a business, or raised children. We bring to the table a maturity, and in making this transition to PT school later in life, we show we are serious.

Making this decision as an older candidate also comes with a different variety of challenges. Perhaps we are in the process of raising small children, have mortgage payments to make, or feel inept at using modern...

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How to Avoid Application Essay Mistakes: 10 Questions Answered by PT School Admission Committees

Spending weeks of writing and editing your application essays can easily leave you feeling emotionally and mentally drained. I’ve been in the same boat of working tirelessly through what seems like constant writer’s block. Unfortunately, I repeatedly asked myself the same question: “Is my essay what the admissions committee is looking for?”

I had the pleasure of speaking with 4 individuals involved with the admissions process through their respective physical therapy programs. While each program will have differing opinions on each of the following questions, overall each of the 4 individuals wrote similar answers for each question. The following answers are direct quotes (with minimal editing).

I truly hope that this post helps guide you through this stressful time, and I wish you the best of luck with completing your essays!

 1. What are qualities that you typically look for in an essay?

  • Make sure you answer the question or theme the essay is...
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What Would Your Perfect PT School Applicant Look Like?

"Are you just an average PT student? Or will you be an excellent PT student who will then become an excellent PT?"

What would your perfect PT school applicant look like? The most interesting part about it is that many times, it’s pre-PT’s that are saying, “If I were on the other end, what is it that programs are looking for? What would I be looking for if I were a faculty member or as a student that's already in the PT program? What would I’ve been looking for?” Before we get into conversation, this is a question that you should think about as a pre-PT. If you are able to answer it, it will help you so much in terms of putting you in a position where you can now become your own perfect PT school applicant.

So first of all, let’s get the elephant out of the room. Let’s address it. We gotta talk about GPA. We gotta talk about GRE. The admissions crew for the school you are applying to look at those things. They have to pay their...

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3 Key Attributes to Success

"Based on the compound law of improvement, if everyday we commit to become 2% better than yesterday, our performance will be more than 1,000 times better one year later."

Being a PT is rewarding and promising. We are able to help people get better and return to doing things they enjoy just with our brains and hands, and we don’t rely on medications, expensive machines or scalpels. Our professional knowledge enables us to do amazing things. However, becoming a PT is no doubt a grind. As a PT who just finished school fairly recently, I would like to talk about three attributes that I think are the most important to succeed in school and become an effective therapist.

1. Be Open-minded: Lifelong Learning

We all know that learning continuously is important, and it’s important to establish the
habit of learning inside and out of the classroom. Acquiring PT-related knowledge helps
us treat our patients better. Also, continuing education is...

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Dr. Coach; Combining Two Passions into One Rewarding Career

I was in the final months of my internship at Jump Start Physical Therapy in Massachusetts, and I was knee deep in the process of obtaining my PT license back home in New Jersey when my phone buzzed. My brother texted me that one of his friends who coached high school soccer was looking for a JV coach for her program. I thought, ‘Hey, that could be fun while I look for a real PT job back home, sure!' I spoke with the head coach and got the job a few weeks later. Little did I know how much I’d love coaching high schoolers, and that 2 years later, I’d be forging a way to integrate coaching and practicing physical therapy.


In the past 2 years, I’ve worked in an outpatient ortho facility part time, covered various outpatient clinics, and worked in a school district treating pre schoolers, all while locally coaching high school soccer, basketball, and softball. I traveled to Cincinnati and became a certified Sportsmetrics trainer so I could specifically offer ACL...

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What's in a Mentor?

It has been repeatedly said that there is nothing new under the sun. There are many who desire to do incredible things with their lives, but stop just short of putting that desire into action. Why is that? How can the dream to reach one’s potential, remain just that, a dream? Is it that we become short of steam after enthusiastically chasing that dream, to only realize that we lack the endurance to push through? Could it be that we have actually worked hard and tried everything but fall short? Or maybe we know what we want to achieve, but as we attempt to navigate ourselves to that destination, we soon realize that we might be a little lost, and in need of some guidance. If you can identify with any of the previous 3 groups, this blog is for you. In re-stating that there is nothing new under the sun, I mean to say that there is a great power derived from the influence of someone who has already done it, setting the path for you, while also being willing to guide you through a...

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