APPLICATION ESSAY 6
Myname is Salva and I am 22 years old. Although I was born in Russia,it is imperative to point out that my parents are Turkish. As aresult of my background, I have the privilege of speaking threedifferent languages, that is, English, Russian and Turkish. I livewith my parents and my older brother. I consider listening to music,sporting and traveling as my main hobbies. My desire to travel hasseen me visit eight different countries across the world. Inaddition, I consider reading books and playing the piano asinteresting free time activities. It is critical for me to point outthat I do volunteer for a non-profit making organization, HIAS,during my holidays and during my free time. My role in the non-profitorganization is to give speeches regarding healthy living. Inparticular, I give guidance on proper food intake, exercising thebody and regular medical checkups.
Itis also vital to point out that I have been working as a medicalassistant at Northeast Foot and Ankle Specialists hospital. Myexperience at the hospital has been wonderful and I extremely enjoyedwhat I did. It has also become obvious to me that I have learnednumerous aspects regarding the health sector from the doctors. Forinstance, I have learned to be extremely patient and to treat eachpatient individually. I get to see different people and try toconnect with each one of them and it can sometimes be challenging.Some of them have amputated limbs, while others suffer frompsychological disorders.
Iam an undergraduate student majoring in Biology at Bucks CountyCommunity College. It is, however, significant to point out that amplanning to transfer to Temple University in the upcoming fallseason. My decision to major in Biology in my undergraduate educationwas informed by my desire to become a physical therapist. My desireand ambition to work in the healthcare sector was also informed by myfamily background. Almost my entire family members whom I grew upwith, have careers tied to the healthcare sector. My uncle is aretired general surgeon, my mom was a surgical nurse and has workedin the hospital operation room throughout her career life. Inaddition, my aunt was a nurse at the emergency room. However, it iscritical to point out that there is none of my relatives who works intheir respective occupations since we migrated to the United States.This is for the sole reason that they have not been issued with theAmerican operating licenses yet.
Allalong in my life, my desire has always been to work in the healthcaresector. I wanted to pursue nursing just as my mum did. Initially, Ihad majored in nursing, but my career was to take a drastic changeafter I had an incident. The accident incident changed my career andI decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. The incident forcedme to abscond school for a whole year and I could only attend classesas a part time student. On 4th of June 2006, I was involved in a caraccident while at the Pocono Mountains for a weekend outing. Theaccident was horrific to say the least, and I count myself extremelylucky to be alive today. It was a Friday afternoon when we were goingback to the trailer house after shopping, when we had the accident.The accident occurred when we were hit by another car whilenavigating a corner. We were hit from the passenger door and theforce threw me out to a distance of 30 meters.
Afterthe accident, I was admitted at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley MedicalCenter. I sustained serious head and neck injury. The doctors at themedical center did their best to diagnose my multiple pelvisfractures and a right chick tissue damage. After spending a week inthe hospital bed, I was transferred to Moss rehabilitation center. Inthe rehabilitation center, I could not support my weight for threemonths. As a consequence, through the support and the guidance of aphysical therapist, I learned how to use crutches (Malone &Lindsay, 2006). The physical therapist also assisted me in carryingout exercises that made my arms and the rest of my body stronger.
Aftertwo weeks in rehabilitation center, I was discharged as an inpatientand I went home. Those three weeks were terrifying, I appreciated allthe help from my family, doctors, and all facility staff. After Icame home, I was an outpatient to Moss Rehab for an extra fourmonths. I was going there three times a week and with every visit Ibecame stronger and after some time I managed to walk with a singlecrutch. After a while, I got off crutches, and I signed up for alocal swim club where I learned how to swim. According to thephysical therapist, this was the best way to straighten my muscles,without harming myself. In my road to recovery, I changed my careerobjectives and goals and I decided to become a physical therapist. Itwas apparent to me that while I was recovering, I got enormoussupport from physical therapists. I spent almost a year at the handsof physical therapists. I owe enormous gratitude to the therapistsfor the incredible support that they offered me. This made me changemy mind and pursue physical therapy.
Dueto the above described accident, I was able to realize that a careerin physical therapy is a noble activity which goes a long way inchanging the lives of injured people. Physical therapy provides mewith a sense that I am going to help and care about other people. Myaim has always been to feel that my day has been fulfilled with apurpose. I want to live my life making a difference by being aphysical therapist. A career in physical therapy means caring aboutpeople that are in need. Waking up every day and going to work, andknowing that I will do something good for someone else, fulfills mypurpose for life and living.
Theaccident experience enhanced my desire to help other people in mylife. It is significant to point out that one of the main goals in mylife has been to help other people who need my help. I have alwaysdesired to make a difference in other people’s lives and there isno perfect chance and opportunity to achieve this rather thanbecoming a physical therapist. My desire to help people and theinfluence by my family has prompted me to decide permanently thatthis is what I want to pursue and do for the rest of my life. It isalso apparent to note that physical therapy is an extremely rewardingcareer which will ensure that I have decent life.
Malone,D. J., & Lindsay, K. L. B. (2006). Physicaltherapy in acute care: A clinician`s guide. Thorofare, NJ: Slack.