The Monday Memo
April 21, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“Changing of the Guard”
As we embark on finals week and the close of another semester, I challenge everyone to take a moment and reflect back over the past year to think of how far we have all come.
Congratulations to the third year students who are completing their yearlong clinical affiliations and preparing to step out into the world as licensed therapists. I am sure there are many mixed emotions, all of which are completely normal. Whether this is your first career or a change from a previous one, every one of you has worked very hard over the past few years and should be proud of who you are and where you come from. You have all had a very big impact on the years below you. The support you have shown us in the clinic, making yourselves available to answer questions, and sharing your knowledge as TA’s has been very much appreciated and we are all grateful. Good luck on the next chapter of your lives and always remember: you have a home at Pitt!
To the second year students: best of luck as you transition into third year students and start your year of clinical affiliations. I understand that it’s a wonderful feeling to be done with the classroom work and its been a joy to see the excitement that all of you have. Now its time for the true test of applying everything you have learned over the past two years and make it common practice and habit. We wish you luck in refining your skills, challenge yourselves daily to do more, and find that area of focus that you truly are passionate about. A lot of you have had a big impact on us first years and we are very grateful for all the help, guidance, and support you have provided us. We will have some big shoes to fill as we only hope to mentor the incoming class as well as you have mentored us.
To my fellow first years: congratulations on completing the first year of our DPT program. We have come a long way, covering a lot of material and a lot of territory. It has been a true test of our personalities, emotions, and will power, and in the end we did survive! Take the time to enjoy the break before summer session. Clear your heads, take time to relax, enjoy time with friends and family. It will be important to come back fresh and with very positive outlooks. It will now be our responsibility as second years to pay it forward and welcome the new class and do what we can to help their transition into the summer session a good one.
As for the incoming DPT Class of 2017 we welcome you! Congratulations to all of you for being selected to be a part of the family. You have already shown that you have what it takes to do well in this program or else you would not have been admitted. Take the time to enjoy the start of the summer and the down time before you start your summer session in June. It will be an intense and fast paced semester, but remember that you are becoming part of a larger group and support network. Never be afraid to reach out to your peers, second years, third years, professors and TAs alike. We are all here to help you succeed; all you have to do is ask.
So to wrap this up nicely I reflect on the title “Changing of The Guard”. If you have ever had the opportunity to witness this at Arlington National Cemetery, you know this process is a very moving and respectful event. Not only are they relieving the duty of the guard before them, they have the obligation to carry out the orders that were given and passed on to them. We have the duty to maintain the standards that have been set from the classes and students before us. It is our duty to represent Pitt Physical Therapy with honor and maintain the reputation as we all move on to the next stage.
~Andrew Clark and Jeremy Harris
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