PT Students Working Holidays
It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings up Thanksgiving, which spins into the winter holidays, and all of a sudden you're in a panic as you realize that for the first time, you won't get three weeks off for winter break. Will they really need me? Do they really expect me to be here?
All of a sudden, you want to throw away what you've worked for since the start of the clinical as the real world hits you in the face. My own caseload? Take it back. A taste of independence? I'd rather not. My acceptance as a coworker rather than a student? Don't need it.
And that's just the outpatient side. I really feel badly for my friends who are in the hospital. What happens then? There's an even more awkward conversation to be had about working Christmas Day, New Year's Day etc. During my first rotation, I worked the 4th of July. It was a conversation I didn't feel like having, so I followed my clinical instructor's schedule and watched the tailgates from a hospital window. It's a whole new ballgame around the winter holidays. There's a little more at stake.
It's depressing to face the working world and realize that for the rest of your life, there won't be a conversation to be had. We're hanging onto the last piece of our youth! As for me, my family lives close by so working near the holidays won't be anything more than a realization that the real world is just around the corner. Thankfully I'll still get to spend plenty of time with them. As for the rest of the joys of being a student, I think they're long gone. Goodbye, holiday ski trips. Goodbye, lazy weeks.