Despite setbacks and rejections, Bria J.’s passion for physical therapy led her on a remarkable journey toward achieving her goal of being a physical therapist.
Bria experienced the fulfilling and impactful nature of the profession firsthand when she needed physical therapy for a patella dislocation as a freshman in college.
The compassionate treatment she received inspired her to provide the same level of support and motivation for others.
“I was surprised at how much my PT cared about me,” she said. “It wasn’t like a regular doctor’s visit, and I wanted to be able to help people like that too.”
Bria returned to the same clinic after completing her undergraduate degree, but this time as an aide. Patients frequently mistook her for a PT, she said, due to her dedication and enthusiasm for the field.
“I would tell them I was an aide,” Bria said. “And they would ask when was I going to go to school to become a PT.”
When Bria initially applied to doctoral physical therapy programs, she was turned down. Instead of giving up, she viewed the setbacks as opportunities for growth and reflection and used that time to enhance her academic standing and refine her application.
“I told myself, ‘They’re going to accept me now or later, but I’m getting in,’” she said.
After finally receiving her acceptance letter from West Coast University’s DPT program, Bria said she felt a profound sense of validation and excitement.
“It’s been rewarding,” Bria said. “You get to work with so many different people, not just in your rotations, but your classmates in general.”
Now in her final year at WCU, Bria is excited to continue her personal growth and career development. Her advice to others is to never stop believing in yourself.
“If you really want to do it, don’t give up,” she said.
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