The Monday Memo: 10/7/13

The Monday Memo

October 7, 2013                                                                                       PITT DPT STUDENTS

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
— Winston Churchill 

“I want to help people.” “I want to improve the lives of others.” “I want to make a difference in my patients’ lives.” As the first years approach the one-year anniversary of submitting our DPT school applications (PTCAS anyone?), I believe this is the ideal time to reflect on those reasons which drew us to pursue this path. I am confident that we all had some version of the declarations above in our personal statements. Although I imagine such phrasings may even have become trite to those reviewing our applications, I never have doubted the sincerity of those words after spending the past four months with my classmates. We all may have had different reasons for embracing this desire to help others, but it is lucidly a motivator in all that we do. I have had the privilege of learning of these reasons from many of my classmates. Some have personally received PT which changed their lives in a positive manner; others have been touched by witnessing the benefits of physical rehabilitation on loved ones. Personally, I was called to PT after observing the progress my younger brother with an autism spectrum disorder made with his therapists in school. At the ripe old age of 15 I decided what I would do with my life, and I have not vacillated from that decision since.

Kemble - Walk Photo

Hand-in-hand with pursuing a career as a health care professional is the importance of community service. Perhaps my love of volunteering was indoctrinated in me by a high school which strongly advocated (and even required) me to do service, but I have enjoyed being involved in many community service organizations since then. While not a mandatory requirement anymore, I am encouraged by the involvement many in our program have to serving the community. This past weekend, Team Pitt DPT participated in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association (and raised almost $900 in the process!). Currently, over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and this number is projected to increase to 16 million by 2050. This is undoubtedly a population we will encounter in our clinical settings, and many in our program have been touched personally by this devastating disease. Despite having significant amounts of studying to do over the weekend, I was proud of those classmates which supported this cause in any way which they could. Unfortunately, it is easy to get so caught up in schoolwork, and we can, from time to time, lose sight of why we decided to become DPTs in the first place: to serve others. I’ll close this Monday Memo with one of my favorite quotes which continually inspires and reminds me the importance of volunteering and giving back to others, irrespective of how busy I become:

    “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

~Alex Kemble


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