Pre-Physical Therapy, Self Improvement

Not just a DPT Applicant

One thing I’ve learned while applying to DPT programs has been the realization that there is no real end to the process.

I mean, eventually, I will be accepted and so I won’t be applying anymore, but once I’m in a program, I will still be building my resume because once I graduate I’ll be looking for a job.

It’s really about having the endurance to keep moving towards my goals even though I don’t know how long this will take.

[ p.s. ] ^^ SO much easier said than done, right??

Obviously I hope it’s sooner than later, but one thing that’s helped me to keep going ( besides my usual motivations in life ) is to think of the process differently :

Instead of thinking “I just need to get accepted”, I transitioned to thinking “I need to be a better contender overall” — not just for DPT programs, but for life.

There are a few changes I’ve made, which I want to share with all of you.

mindset : big picture > small picture

This mindset shift is one of them :

Don’t think: “I must get accepted.”

Think: “I must be better overall.”

This way, I’m taking action by learning new skills, and more importantly carefully considering which new skills I’ll learn.

It helps a lot to think of this process as Self Improvement rather than just an application.

That’s all it is —  improving more and more to become a top contender for PT school // and life in general 

I’m about to reheat my coffee for like the 3rd time this morning… I seriously go back and forth reheating my coffee ( the same cup all morning ) because I like it hot but I never drink it fast enough — also, I’ve been trying to drink it black lately to cut sugar… anyone else drink it black? how long did it take you to get used to it like that? lmk!

What is motivating you right now?

see you tomorrow 😉

2 thoughts on “Not just a DPT Applicant

  1. And then once you get that job, you keep being a “contender” and working hard to learn more and take continuing education and figure out tricky cases, etc. It never ends, but it’s still usually awesome 🙂

    1. I’m glad it never ends 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Dr. Jasmine. I love hearing from PT’s about their careers and who seem to enjoy it all like you seem to!

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