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Graduate School Admissions Meeting

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today I was so proud of myself. I finally talked to the local UW college about what I need for admissions to the Physical Therapy program. It was the first step of putting my dreams into action. To make my dream happen, I know I have a few requirements I have to do prior to applying... like a couple generals, completing the GRE, observation hours. It never really scared me because I am taking it one step at a time.

Anyhow, when I talked to this graduate admissions guy, my first impression is that he had his nose up in the air. As we were discussing certain things and my lack of the Biology Department's Anatomy and Physiology. He was like, "It's for your own benefit... blah blah." Okay, I can handle that even if it means another year of college before being accepted. I already knew that part. He made it sound like I wouldn't even be accepted to the college in general.

Than, I brought my GPA. I have 2.95 and the requirement is 3.0. He point blank told me I would not be considered. Than, he's like, "We do it for your benefit." He didn't ask me any other questions like if something happened during my college career (which it did!). Nor did he look at the transcript. Ironically, I have received in the A range for the majority of my classes in my major. That would be pretty darn important, I would think.

In the past few years, I have looked at Physical Therapy programs. They basically say if you don't have caring or compassionate for people don't bother applying. I have that. I know I would enjoy being a Physical Therapist and be good at it.

Guess I am just bummed. I am not saying I am giving up. I'm not. I never thought it would be easy but it just feels like he is saying, "Don't bother, you aren't smart enough or don't work hard enough." Which neither are true. By any means.

Time to regroup and maybe figure out what Plan B is going to be if I cannot get accepted into a Physical Therapy program.
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    I agree with Natplummer, maybe take the Phys and Anat class to try and boost the GPA. But one suggestion is to just take that class by itself. I took it at Stout during the summer but it was pretty intense but it was all that I had to work on. Pretty sure that my daughter did the same thing and it worked great. It is a pretty intense class with lots and lots of memorization.

    1724 days ago
    Maybe if you can take the required Bio classes and get your GPA up, it won't be a problem.
    Graduate admissions pretty much all have the same GPA requirements.
    1724 days ago
    There is a grad program for OT in Michigan that accepts people under a 3.0 on probationary status, Saginaw Valley State University. You might have to find a school that does something like that. If you decide not to go the grad school route, you could consider doing Cardiac rehab. I did my internship in cardiac rehab and it was pretty interesting. I'm in the same boat as you, I'm barely over a 3.0 in Exercise Science and can't get into any programs without having to move out of town.
    1724 days ago
    The GRE -- you'll do fine on that. It's tough, but you'll do fine. I had to take that too.

    AS for that guy in the admissions dept., well 2 words -- butt nugget! Good grief! Can't he say anything positive?? Can't he just discuss the qualifications without personalizing it as he did? GRRRR! That would make me a little upset.

    Hmmm...don't know what to tell you to make a plan B, but it's ALWAYS wise to have a backup . . . just in case.

    HUGS and hope otherwise you're doing well. How's the job??

    1724 days ago
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