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Striving to Be a DPT

A Scary Semester

Published August 25, 2014 5:47 PM by Jocelyn Wallace

While I'm happy to report that I finished my first semester with great grades and learned an enormous amount of information, I have to admit that I'm terrified for the semester that begins tomorrow. This time around, our classes include Medical Pathology/Pharmacology (combination course), Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Clinical Skills I and Integumentary. For one course, we have 11 chapters of pre-reading assigned for tomorrow's lecture!

I think I'm so scared of this semester because it looks like every course is going to be challenging. Last semester, we had our "Introduction to PT" course, which was relatively straightforward and didn't require much studying. Now every class will be time intensive and I'll need to stay very much on top of it. I'm the most worried about Medical Pathology/Pharmacology because the course moves very fast and covers some very complicated topics.

In order to prepare for this semester, I downloaded all the available course materials onto my iPad. I use a note-taking and recording app that keeps everything well-organized and even color-coded! Then I used the syllabi to get my planner organized through September and went to the store to pick up a new set of my favorite pens. Today, my last day of summer break, I relaxed, cleaned a ton and packed my gym bag for the morning. It begins again at 9 a.m.!

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