Planning Vacation Time
I'll write this post as a warning to PT students who have a lengthy clinical rotation leading up to graduation. If you're like me, you'll find yourself six weeks from graduation and realize that you haven't taken much time off since you started the rotation. Despite your desire to keep functioning like a full-time clinician, you'll realize it would be very sad to waste so much vacation time and frantically check the calendar for the days no one else has requested.
Suddenly, you're trying to squeeze 15 PTO days into six weeks and it's just not going to work. You're mad at yourself because you think back to those weeks and months when you didn't take a day off and without realizing the cause, you were completely miserable and your mind was fried. You'll remember the time you showed up at work on a Tuesday and thought for sure it was Friday. Your patience got lost somewhere in there, too. And you think to yourself -- what was I thinking? Why didn't I just take a "stay-cation" and relax? Now it's too late! And now, if I take all of this time off, I'm going to be "that student" who totally blows it in the last month of clinical and everyone is going to hate me forever.
Ok. Overdramatic. But I legitimately have 15 days of PTO to take, and most of it is going to be wasted. At this point, it's almost annoying. I'm taking a bunch of 3-, 4-, and 5-day weekends in the next month. Everyone knows I'm just hoping to be done, and I'm sure they wish I had spread my time out a bit more logically. I just can't help it. So my advice is this - plan out your PTO. Take it periodically and don't forget about it. The end will sneak up on you very quickly!