It was a long time coming but I have arrived. I am licensed in my state to practice as a registered physical therapist. I passed my board exam in July 2016 and finally feel free. I studied for 9 weeks straight and never stopped. Waking up every morning to go to the library for 4 hours was redundant but, I needed to make sure that the information would stick. I didn’t have a life but it was well worth it. I can evaluate and treat my own patients safely and effectively. Right now, I work in four different settings: inpatient rehab, outpatient, skilled nursing and acute hospital. The reason for this is because I want to get a ton of experience early on. It may not be good because I do need time to myself but, the money is awesome. Plus, I am learning so much. I know where to refer my patients after discharge and I can justify my reason for my decision. Although I have a ton of loans to pay back, I do not regret my career choice. It is so rewarding to assist people in functioning independently. Physical therapy is a great career choice and the learning experience is never ending. If you do decide to choose this career, you will not be disappointed. It’s a great idea to volunteer at a facility, research the field of PT or just ask someone about it. In the near future I plan to become certified in neuro and treat patients with CVAs, TBIs, SCIs and other neurological impairments.