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Brooke Hall, Pre-Physical Therapy

Name: Brooke Hall
Major: Health and Human Performance: Exercise Science and Wellness
HSPP Plan: Pre-Physical Therapy
Hometown: Gordonsville, TN
High school: Gordonsville High School
UTM graduate: May 2015

 

Why did you choose HHP as a major?
After meeting with Dr. Gibson and seeing the facility and coursework, I had a great passion for this field and knew this was the place for me.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy going to the gym and walking at the park. I also like to read and get involved with the community around me.

 

Were you a member of any organizations at UTM? If yes, which organizations? Did you hold any important roles? If yes, what were they?
SHAPE Club, MED, NSLS, & Resident Assistant for the Office of Housing

 

Where will you be going this fall?
UT Health Science Center

 

What was the hardest part of the application process?
It was very difficult waiting to be admitted. I had been put on a number of waiting lists, knowing that I may be admitted the day before classes start or not at all. I put all of my faith in God and trusted that he would put me exactly where he wanted me to be. It was not easy to be told “no” by many schools, but it was more than worth it when one said “yes.”

 

How many schools did you apply to?
Three. Belmont, UTHSC, & UTC

 

How did you choose the schools you applied to?
After a lot of prayer and research on the schools, I knew where I needed to be. Though it was advised against by many of my instructors and family members, I only applied to these three schools.

 

What advice would you give to pre-physical therapy students?
Make sure this is where you want to be. Get your volunteer hours done early. Many of my friends who thought they wanted to do physical therapy changed their minds after only a few hours of observation. Make sure that you love it, because you will be doing this for the rest of your life.

 

The 2015-2016 application cycle will begin in July. What advice do you have for students who are applying?
Research the schools where you will be interviewing. When you are asked, “why do you want to come to this school,” you need to have more to say than, “Because I want to be a PT.” Highlight the positive aspects of each school and demonstrate how you can contribute.

 

How did you prepare for the GRE?
I bought the study book The Princeton Review. It had many study tips, questions, and practice quizzes and tests. I also downloaded the app for learning the definitions.

 

What advice do you have for students who are preparing for the GRE?
Study early. The material is not easy, and of it is from years ago. Some of this is a refresher course, while the other part is a foreign language. Give yourself at least three months to study. Seriously.

 

What other information do you think pre-physical therapy students should know?
Knowing the ins and outs of how to be a therapist is more than just anatomy and physiology. Knowing your stuff is great, but you have to have people skills, too. When you are with a patient, you need to be able to carry on a conversation about more than just his/her injury. Practice talking with people when you are doing your observation hours.

 

 

Amber Thompson, Pre-Medicine

Name: Amber Thompson
Major: Biology: Cell and Molecular
HSPP Plan: Pre-Medicine
Hometown: Arlington, TN
High school: Arlington High School
UTM graduate: December 2014

 

Why did you choose Biology as a major?
I love biology!!! Plus, I have always wanted to have a career in medicine.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read, listen to music, go to the park, and especially spend time with my family.

 

Were you a member of any organizations at UTM? If yes, which organizations? Did you hold any important roles? If yes, what were they?
Yes, I was in H.Y.P.E. (Holy Young People Empowered), Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society (Secretary then President, Pre-Med Scholars, Gamma Beta Phi, Up ‘til Dawn (Co-Executive Director then Logistics Chairperson), and Rotaract.

 

Where will you be going this fall?
I will be attending ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.

 

What was the hardest part of the application process?
Waiting and keeping the faith.

 

How many schools did you apply to?
Six

 

How did you choose the schools you applied to?
Most of the schools were near my home or family members.

 

What advice would you give to pre-medical students?
There will be setbacks, but don’t give up on your dream! Stay focused and faithful to who you are as a person.

 

The 2015-2016 application cycle will begin in May. What advice do you have for students who are applying?
Apply as early as you can. Do your research on your perspective schools before you apply—there’s no need to waste time and money on schools you wouldn’t attend if given the choice.

 

What other information do you think pre-med students should know?
Stay encouraged!!!!

 

Megan White, Pre-Physical Therapy

Name: Megan White
Major: Health and Human Performance: Exercise Science and Wellness
HSPP Plan: Pre-Physical Therapy
Hometown: Heath, Ohio
High school: Heath High School
UTM graduate: May 2014

 

Why did you choose HHP as a major?
I chose Exercise Science because the information I would learn throughout my four years would most pertain to the physical therapy profession.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching movies, cooking, and exercising.

 

Were you a member of any organizations at UTM? If yes, which organizations? Did you hold any important roles? If yes, what were they?
I was a member and captain of the UTM women’s basketball team. I was also a member of Student Athlete Advisory Council, and represented the women’s basketball team.  I was a member of SHAPE club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Gamma Beta Phi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. 

 

Where will you be going this fall?
University of Toledo

 

What was the hardest part of the application process?
All of the waiting!! It felt like an eternity until I was finally accepted. I submitted my applications in October and was accepted into school in February.

 

How many schools did you apply to?
It took me two years to get into Physical Therapy school. The first year I applied to 8 schools and the second year I applied to 18 schools.

 

How did you choose the schools you applied to?
I chose schools based on location, reputation, and pre-requisite classes.

 

What advice would you give to pre-physical therapy students?
Study, observe and get involved in clubs. Physical therapy schools are looking for smart, well rounded individuals. They want someone who can study and make good grades; all while volunteering in the community, observing in the PT field and being active in clubs on campus. 

 

The 2015-2016 application cycle will begin in July. What advice do you have for students who are applying?
Apply early! The application process takes hours to thoroughly complete. I also recommend thinking through the essay questions. These essays are essential to why a certain school should choose you and/or invite you for an interview over another candidate. I also recommend observing in as many different physical therapy settings as you can.

 

How did you prepare for the GRE?
I bought a study program called Magoosh. This computer based program had several practice tests, hundreds of test questions and also step by step video instructions to every possible topic covered on the test. I highly recommend it!  I studied a whole summer for to prepare for this test.

 

What advice do you have for students who are preparing for the GRE?
Begin studying early and take it multiple times. The GRE is a big part of being accepted into school.  I took the test three times and the third time had my best score. I did not study the first two times thinking I would make a great score. While I made a good score, it was not great. Because getting into physical therapy school is so competitive, even a 1 or 2 point increase in a score could be the difference in getting invited for the interview.

 

What other information do you think pre-physical therapy students should know?
Physical therapy is a very competitive field, with hundreds of applicants fighting for 30-50 spots. Do not be discouraged if you do not get in the first time.

 

Songyuan (Larry) Lu, Pre-Dental

Name: Songyuan (Larry) Lu
Major: Chemistry
HSPP Plan: Pre-Dental
Hometown: Dover. TN
High school: Stewart County High School
UTM graduate: May 2015

 

Why did you choose Chemistry as a major?

I’ve always loved science, between chemistry and biology I think I enjoy chemistry a little more.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I work out. I enjoy soccer and swimming. I play guitar and ukulele.

 

Were you a member of any organizations at UTM? If yes, which organizations? Did you hold any important roles? If yes, what were they?

SMACS; MED; Supplement Instructor for physics; Teaching assistant for chemistry; Volunteer at peri-operative unit at Jackson Madison hospital.

 

Where will you be going this fall?

UTHSC College of Dentistry

 

What was the hardest part of the application process?

The whole process was actually pretty easy, but you have to wait till Dec 1st to find out if you get accepted or not. So the waiting part is not so much fun.

 

How many schools did you apply to?

Ten

 

How did you choose the schools you applied to?

It’s really competitive and UTHSC was my first choice, but I didn’t really want to apply again so I just made sure that I had enough backups.

 

What advice would you give to pre-dental students?

Keep your grades up, do as much extracurricular activities as you can. Get involved and show the schools that you can handle heavy course load.

 

The 2015-2016 application cycle will begin in June. What advice do you have for students who are applying?

Utilize student doctor network community. Go on their forum. Study hard for the DAT. Take the DAT early if you can, I took it during my spring break. You should take if at least before mid-July. And apply early! This is the most important thing that you can do right now. The earlier you get interview, the better chance you will have.

 

How did you prepare for the DAT?

I went on student doctor network to get resources. I bought DAT boot camp, DAT destroyer, I watched some of chad’s video. You should google Allan’s notes and Feralis notes; they are really good for biology. You can get the Kaplan’s blue book if you want but it’s not that good. Study for about 2 month.

 

What advice do you have for students who are preparing for the DAT?

You should google Allan’s notes and Feralis notes, they are really good for biology. You can get the Kaplan’s blue book if you want but it’s not that good. Study for about 2 month. The night before DAT was the worse night of my life. Because there are just too much materials to memorize and you can never feel prepared. So its ok if you feel unprepared, it’s ok to freak out. Just be calm and do your best.

 

What other information do you think pre-med students should know?

Student doctor network is the best thing. Go on their forum and you’ll know what I mean.

 

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