Katherine Forester is a current South College student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and she intends to graduate in June 2018. We asked her to share some of her educational experience with us and the journey it took to get here.
What program are you in, and why did you choose that program?
I chose the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to become a healthcare provider and movement specialist.
Did you come to South College after working, raising a family, etc.? Or did you come straight out of high school? Describe that journey.
I came to South College after earning my bachelor’s degree at Southwestern University and a master’s degree at Texas State University. I was torn between my interests in the field of academic research and physical therapy. At South College, I believe I am pursuing both.
Why did you choose South College?
I chose South College for the progressive and innovative DPT program. The program is committed to emerging literature and evidence-based practice. The distance learning format allows me to learn at my own pace and interact with clinicians and students from all over the country.
What is your favorite part of your studies at South College?
My favorite part of South College is the accessibility of professors and the program format. The professors are approachable, and I am encouraged to discover and utilize my strengths.
What is your goal after you graduate?
After I graduate, I plan to complete an orthopedic residency. Ultimately, I would like to collaborate with women’s health specialists and organizations such as the Female Athlete Triad coalition to serve those recovering from eating disorders, disordered eating, and overtraining.
Do you have any advice for future students who might be in your same position?
Communicate your health concerns with your professors and advisors as soon as possible. Keep them updated on your progress and ask for help forming a plan of success. Further, reach out to a mental health specialist (i.e. counselor or therapist) to care for your mental well-being and develop personalized stress-management strategies.
I would especially like to thank my professors: Dr. Flynn for attentive care and advice; Dr. Cutrone and Dr. Shubert for helping form a plan for academic success; and Dr. Miller, Dr. Jones, Dr. Fox, and Dr. Koszalinski for advice, accommodation, and support. I am thankful for all of the DPT staff, including Dean Dr. Walker, for helping me overcome a very challenging time in my life. No words can express my appreciation for what you have done. I hope to serve others as well as you serve your students.
If you are inspired by this story and would like to learn more about pursuing a degree at South College or about the DPT program, please give us a call at 865-251-1800.