As I have mentioned before, I am interested in going to graduate school for physical therapy once I graduate from St. Mike's. I have always been extremely into the anatomy of the body, and how we can develop ourselves into greater physical shape. I also had to go to physical therapy throughout high school after suffering some serious muscle injuries from lacrosse. I really enjoyed learning about what the professional physical therapist does on a day-to-day basis. I guess it doesn't help that my dad is also a physical therapist! I have always loved learning from his experiences in the field as well. Knowing how to stretch, strengthen, rebuild, and perform movements to the body is very important to me. As an avid CrossFit athlete, I need to know how the body works and what I can do to avoid injury, or how to rehabilitate an injury. I also love being able to help people around me with their aches and pains. Although I am not a physical therapist yet, I have done a lot of research on the body. My friends usually come to me for help with an injury, a certain type of stretch, or workout routine. I truly enjoy this type of work.
The University of Vermont holds three spots open in their physical therapy program for students coming from St. Mike's. This is an agreement the two schools have had for some time now. It does not guarantee that three students will make the program necessarily. The three students must complete some prerequisites here at St. Mike's before they can enter the program. Here is a link to the document which lists all the prerequisites: http://www.smcvt.edu/images/userimages/sgabriele/4533/PThandout.pdf
And here is a link to the University of Vermont's Physical Therapy page: http://www.uvm.edu/academics/programs/physical_therapy/
I am very interested in attending UVM for grad school, but have not made a definite decision yet. There are many other schools that I am considering as well. I may even want to go to school out west to enjoy some awesome skiing, but I am not sure yet. I hope it all works out for the best though. I am excited to see where the next couple of years bring me in terms of a career.