PT School and a Part-Time Job
Last week I interviewed for a part-time job at The Children's Institute here in Pittsburgh. The position is coordinator for an SCI wellness program offered during the evenings in the PT gyms at the institute. I would be supervising the participants who, free of charge, have access to the gym three times per week. They range in age from 13-25 and will follow an exercise protocol developed for them upon entering the program. I'll be there to supervise and offer assistance if needed.
At first, I wasn't sure if I wanted to apply for the position. I couldn't decide if adding yet another commitment to my plate would be a responsible decision, but at the same time I knew that this would be a great experience. The upcoming spring semester is historically our hardest, so I know I might be spread a bit thin. I recognize that time management is going to be a key component, and I definitely have room to improve on that front. I ultimately accepted the position and will start in January.
I'm really excited about this opportunity for a number of reasons. First, I really miss working with the SCI population. I also think this will be a great way for me to get my foot in the door in Pittsburgh's neuro world. The support for this wellness program is coming from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the therapists who applied for the funding have a lot of hopes for its growth in the future. It's exciting to be part of the program at its onset, and I know I'll be talking about it a lot more in upcoming posts.