A week has passed since completing the spring semester, and so much has been accomplished in seven days. My reading has switched from pharmacology to a popular trilogy, my hip pain has returned since increasing my tennis game and the animal sanctuary I call my home has grown, again. Senior prom is this weekend, and I am feverishly preparing my 18-year-old daughter for this most memorable event.
Even with all this activity, I find myself online at my university's website, in anticipation of a book list needed for my next two classes starting May 21. To my surprise, there is no required book list. It fascinates me that I will learn such a significant amount of clinical information from listening to lectures online, reading articles and sharing our assignments with other students on the virtual blackboard.
This transitional distance-based learning environment provides the student with the tools necessary to succeed. At times, however, the presence of the professor is missed. That said, the professor does respond quickly to email and provides his phone number. My classmates from all over the country and I can correspond as well through the Internet or phone. New contacts in our profession and friendships have been made. The t-DPT program has provided me with the ability to enhance my knowledge, and for the next couple of weeks, enjoy some milestones with my teenage daughters.
Occasionally, a deep breath is necessary to prepare for the next semester. This is one of those times. College for my senior is on the horizon, and a summer vacation will be fit in somewhere in between for the girls and I. Two more weeks. Deep breath.