Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Since a young age, I have always been what some call a people person. I love the opportunity to meet and talk with people of varying backgrounds with different stories. After hearing their different stories, I felt God calling me at a young age to do something where I was helping people. At the time, I didn’t know where that calling would lead me, but I was listening.
After having more injuries than I care to admit, being sidelined from sports, and feeling like I was losing my connection with my teammates and friends, I met a physical therapist, CP. Through my injuries, I was growing to hate my body for not holding together and it grew to me falling into a state of depression. CP changed my entire outlook on life and my body as a whole, and that is when I knew physical therapy was what God was calling me to do.
Every time I went in for therapy, CP would be a bright and smiling face and always had words of encouragement. She tailored our exercises to be based around some of the sports I played, making me feel engaged and encouraged through all the trying times. She essentially gave me my life back and allowed me to blossom and shine into who I was meant to be. From then on, I was sure physical therapy was where I belonged. This was how I was going to make a difference in people’s life. I wanted to help people get their light back.
As I got older, I shadowed different clinics and learning about the differences between them. My biggest take away from the different clinics, was I wanted to treat the whole patient. Mind, body, and soul. I wanted to be working with a team of therapists who would listen to our patients, and care for more than just the injury they came in for. Because at one point I was the kid in physical therapy, who had more than just my ankle broken. Through my positive energy, encouragement, and knowledge I want to help as many mind, bodies, and souls as possible. Getting my doctorate degree in Physical Therapy, would allow me to do that.

Jacqueline from Texas
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor