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Journey of a DPT Student

Classmates Make all the Difference

Published October 31, 2011 4:20 PM by Lauren Rosso

This past weekend, my classmates and I finally got to relax and enjoy each other's company. Our midterms ended on Wednesday, and we've been taking advantage of every opportunity to participate in non-school-related activities ever since. Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy their company outside of class, so it's nice to be reminded every now and then.

We all realize how important it is to have a life outside the classroom. A lot of us participate in an intramural soccer league, which is a great stress-reliever. We also had an organized dodgeball tournament after our last midterm. I honestly can't think of a better way to relieve stress. It was supposed to be students vs. faculty, but unfortunately it fell through. We're hopeful that we can convince them to participate the next time we do it.

I am starting to realize that the people in my program are having a very profound impact on my entire PT school experience. I can't imagine being stuck in a room with 50 people who I don't look forward to seeing on a daily basis. I have been trying to pinpoint the exact qualities of the class that make me feel so attached, but I really can't figure it out. All I know is if I didn't feel so connected to the program, it would be much harder to continue, particularly when things get miserable.


We're the same exact way!  I also hope that every program gets to experience this sort of "family" atmosphere, but I don't think it's true across the board.  (A few friends of mine are in other programs, and I don't get the vibe that their classes are as tight knit as ours are.)  

All PT students are apparently HUGE nerds... do you guys have origin/insertion jokes?  Inappropriate palpation jokes?  I'm sure you do.  They'll never get old.  

I'm happy you're having a positive experience, too.  After only a few months, I can't imagine my life without my classmates.  We joke at times that we want to start a traveling PT clinic and stay together forever- no one wants to think about graduation.

Good luck!  Thanks for your post.  

Lauren Rosso January 12, 2012 7:40 PM

As a fellow PT student, I can't begin tell you how much I can relate to all your posts. No matter where we are receiving our education, it seems as if we end up going through the same experiences: having to balance life outside of the countless hours of studying, or the relief that it is to finally be on break after finals, or freaking out about our practicals or where we will be doing our clinical rotations...and everything else in between! I'm just beginning my 3rd semester and have absolutely loved my experience thus far. I am SO excited about the prospect of being a PT one day! One of the things I've loved the most thus far is the close interactions and friendships I've so quickly built with my classmates. After spending countless hours in the classroom together and even more time studying and practicing outside of class, in just 7 months of knowing each other we really have become a family. I suppose struggling through gross anatomy and the shock and pressure that the first semester brings will do that to a group of strangers. We get each other. No one else in my life understands and can relate to my daily struggles and excitements over origins and insertions, practicals, musculosketetal and neural issues and anything else that I'm learning like my classmates do. We're fighting this battle to get through each step of PT school because it gets really, really tough! I need my PT friends to encourage me to keep going when I feel like I'll never make it to the end of the semester. What a blessing it is to have such wonderful classmates. I hope PT students in other programs get to experience a community that I have with my PT class. I'm really excited for what the upcoming years will bring for all of us...and I know it's going to FLY by!

Sandy Urko January 12, 2012 1:06 PM
Greenville NC

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