Thanks to the generosity of Mentors, I am able to attend the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, in pursuit of my dream career to become a Physical Therapist. Being the daughter of an immigrant from Nicaragua I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to better myself, as well as my family. These are the opportunities in which the American dream are made. Although it has not been an easy road, I have been determined to make my dreams a reality and education has been the key to my pursuit of happiness.
My collegiate career began studying Modern Dance at Arizona State University. This is where my passion for movement and physical sciences began to flourish. I had a professor there once state that our society has become one in which the body is merely a transport vesicle for the brain. In this day of vast technological advancements there have become less physically laboring jobs, more television and computer use, and the invention of appliances such as dishwashers, vehicles, cell phones, and mechanical tooth brushes to name a few that are all designed to decrease our activity level, promoting a more sedentary lifestyle. I believe physical therapy is one of the fields of medicine that is working diligently to combat this harsh reality of our society. By endorsing movement, we can work to reduce prevalence of obesity as well as many diseases which have become some of our leading causes of death each year including Type II Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Disease, and Coronary Heart Disease.
I was first exposed to physical therapy when I became ill in middle school living in New Mexico. After going from physician to physician for two months and receiving no answers, my mother took me to the Children’s Hospital in Denver and they were finally able to provide us with some answers, as well as medication and a prescription for physical therapy. At this point, I had been bed ridden for several weeks and grew very feeble. I have always felt even though the medication eliminated the virus, the physical therapy treatment healed me, not only physically, but also mentally because each time I had success in treatment my self-confidence was heightened. This significant experience as a child sparked my curiosity to explore this career choice as a college student.