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Striving to Be a DPT

Free Time in PT School

Published July 7, 2014 5:00 PM by Jocelyn Wallace

The 4th of July left me with a four-day weekend and, with only one exam this upcoming week, I've had no idea what to do with myself. While not having to cram this past week was refreshing, I'm feeling worried because I didn't spend nearly as much time on school things as I should have. I could have used these days for staying ahead but I'm instead feeling behind since I only studied for a few hours today. The rest of the weekend was a waste and now I have to spend my weeknights preparing for classes the following day.

Today, as I scrambled to get up to speed in physiology for my exam on Tuesday, I also reflected a bit on my need to take my own advice. In a previous post, I discussed the importance of time management strategies. Well, as a physical therapy student, managing your free time is just as critical. I should have scheduled in activities with friends along with time devoted to studying. Instead, I ran with where the days took me and ended up having nothing but fun.

Certainly, my long weekend hasn't been a total waste as I did do some great things with my free time. On Friday, I spent the day at the beach, which was wonderful. That night and Saturday night, I socialized with friends who aren't students in my program. While I adore all of my classmates, it was great to get away, talk about something other than PT school for a while and get a small glint of what's going on in the real world. It was a great escape and, for now, I'm chalking this weekend up to a beneficial mental reset. Next time, I'll schedule my study time along with time for spontaneity.

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2 comments

Hi Dean,

No I haven't but I will add it to my ever-growing reading list. I have a lot of reading to do in my 10 days of summer break!

Jocelyn Wallace July 8, 2014 1:28 PM

Scheduled spontaneity?

Have you read "Thrive" by Arianna Huffington? Maybe for your next long weekend.

Stay well.

Dean Metz July 7, 2014 6:38 PM

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