The first of my three possible futures is the future that I am currently striving for. For my whole life I have been about medical field and the job that resonated the most with me is Physical Therapy.
Step 1 of this plan was to get into college, which I have successfully done!
Step 2 is to complete my undergraduate in Kinesiology: Exercise Science with a 4.0 GPA and gain 200 hours of volunteering at a Physical therapy clinic.
The 3rd step will be to apply for Graduate school for Physical therapy, and hopefully find a girlfriend by that time.
The final step is to finish my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, DPT, and get a job.
This should take me 5 years to do from where I currently am, because the program takes 7 years from initially entering college, and I’m currently in my second year. I have already done 52 hours of volunteering and talked to six physical therapists. I know that this job is for me. It has good hours, good pay, and it allows me to do exactly what I want to do, help others in a meaningful way. I couldn’t ask for anything more than being a positive impact on someone else’s daily life. When I was volunteering, watching people slowly regain their ability to walk without a cane was one of the most heartwarming experiences I have ever witnessed, and I’m glad I was a part of that.
If Physical therapy was to suddenly stop being necessary, I would move to another field that is available to my degree, Chiropractic. Which makes similar use of my desire to make a positive impact on people, and my love for the human body.
Step 1 would be to finish my undergraduate degree with a GPA above a 3.0.
Step 2 would be to get into graduate school and see if I can’t start dating.
Step 3 would be to finish my Doctorate in Chiropractic and find a clinic to work with.
Similarly to Physical therapy, Chiropractic has an expedited doctorate, which means it only takes 7 total years of education to reach rather than the usual 9. I have talked to several Chiropractors over the years when I was still unsure of my career and it is definitely a field of work that would interest me. Many people struggle with misaligned bones due to the way they sit and/or sleep, and others may need chiropractic adjustments due to injuries. The field can do great work, fixing alignment issues and adjusting bones to their proper place to relieve pain and improve quality of life.
If I did not have to worry about financial security, I would be a high school anatomy teacher. I have and will forever love the human body. I think it’s the most interesting thing in the world. I love to talk about it and I think that sharing my passion could inspire others to be interested in the sciences around the body. It was my high school anatomy teacher that helped me grow my passion and now I am following it. When it comes to being a teacher, my thought process is “why be a physical therapist or chiropractor when you could help raise an entire generation of those occupations and more?”
Step 1 would be to finish my college degree in Kinesiology: exercise science or possibly switch majors to Anatomy. Since the GPA requirement is lower, possibly use the extra free time to get a girlfriend.
Step 2 would be to get into graduate school, working towards a Masters degree and getting my teaching credentials.
Step 3 would be graduating and find a place to work in an area that I would want to live in.
Step 4 would be to find a house, possibly get married, and share my passion with my students.
Teaching is probably the field that I have the least resources in. Frankly, I haven’t put any time into the idea, and in turn I have no real connections like I do in physical therapy and in Chiropractic. If I were to choose to be a teacher, I think it might actually be the most stressful of the three paths that I’ve chosen, since many teachers I’ve spoken to actually spend more time grading and working at home than the students do on the assignments they’re turning in. Being an authority figure for over 200 students every year would be a challenge, but if even 5% go on to pursue a career in medicine and succeed, I’d consider that a job well done.
Truthfully, thinking of other possible futures is scary to me. I’ve put all of my energy into keeping my grades high and working towards Physical Therapy. It’s hard for me to even think about other jobs without getting a small knot in my throat because choosing another career means that I would have failed to reach my goal. I do value having backup plans, which is why I put the effort into finding out and meeting people in the chiropractic field, but I hope that I don’t have to chose my second option when I know how much I want my first option. This was a fun thought experiment, but the route that I’m taking is fundamentally the same for each path. Graduate college, get your degree, go to work. The only difference really is when I decide to get a girlfriend or married, because I made the choice to not date until I can guarantee my success at achieving my goal.