Last Saturday marked one of the biggest milestones in my life. Ever.
I graduated from Physical Therapy school!!
I’m still not sure if it’s sunk in or not. 🙂
My name is now officially Dr. Claire Banschbach, DPT.
And I got to wear a dorky hat. 😛
It was a crazy day. I was one of the first to walk the stage. Honestly I didn’t hear anything other than “Doctor Claire…” and then I was handing my hood to my program directors so they could hood me and then walking across the stage to take more pictures. It was an insane feeling. After the ceremony ended (2 hours later…) and pictures were taken and congratulations given, we headed back to my sister’s house and had a giant meal and hung out with family. Most of my family left in the early evening to head back home, but I stayed one more night with my sister. So we finished up the evening with some pizza and beer on the back porch and just chilled. It was only then that I teared up a few times and almost cried. I basically was just trying to process everything and it got overwhelming for second.
Graduating from school has been my dream for the last 8 years, ever since I discovered that I wanted to be a PT. It’s been a wild and crazy road full of up and downs. There were several times in school that I didn’t think I’d make it, but I had the support of my amazing family, friends, and classmates, and here I am!
I’m sure it’ll start to sink in when I don’t have to return to class in about 2 weeks for the next summer session. Or when I get a job and start making money instead of being on unpaid clinical rotations. 😛
So what’s next?
Well, this summer will be jam-packed with studying for my licensure exam in July. I get to take one week off and go on vacation with my family (something I haven’t really been able to do in several years).
Step two: finding a job. On my last clinical rotation I discovered a love for pediatric PT (kiddos), so that’s where my job finding focus will be!
- Finally republishing the Aredor series this year! This was definitely not on my to-do list this year, but I think it’s for the best. 🙂 Publishing The Wolf Prince this year! I’m in the process of transcribing it into the computer now.
- I get to go to Realm Makers this year! (I leave the day I’ll be finding out my results from the licensure exam, so that will make it a little stressful. 😛 )
- Just getting to write a new book! 😛 I’ve been working on the same 3-ish projects for the last 3 years, so it’ll be awesome to finally get to start something new!