When I read Dr. Charles Parker’s quote “Can’t obstacles be thought of as character strengtheners sent from God, not reasons to doubt Him?”, I felt that he was speaking directly to me. We all face obstacles in our lives, but the most important challenge is overcoming those obstacles. I have always thought of myself as a very motivated person even when the task at hand seemed impossible to achieve. This was painfully apparent when I suffered a tragic injury that changed the course of my life and pointed me towards a career in Physical Therapy.
During a soccer tournament in Denver, Colorado, I collided with a soccer player on the opposing team and unfortunately only one of us walked away. I laid on the soccer field with a broken leg wondering if this was the end of my soccer career. I looked up to heaven and asked God “Why did this happen to me?” I soon realized that this obstacle was a gift from God. The emergency room doctor diagnosed the break as a Salter-Harris fracture of the growth plate, which meant surgery, a long recovery, and possibly stunted growth. I returned home to Albuquerque, New Mexico with three metal screws in my femur and a full cast on my leg. I had failed my team and my family. I felt guilty for wasting my parent’s money on medical bills, crutches, and prescriptions. When the soccer season started, I couldn’t practice or try out for the soccer team. I sat on the sideline and watched every soccer practice and every game. The sadness in my heart was unbearable.
When the cast was removed, my doctor recommended Physical Therapy. The physical therapists at Peak Motion Physical Therapy treated me like a member of their family. They gave me the individual care and attention that I needed, and they pushed me towards my goal of playing soccer before the end of the season. I walked into Physical Therapy on crutches, and four months later I was running on the treadmill. After another two months, the doctor released me to play full-contact soccer. My doctor originally told me that my recovery would take at least a year, but because of my excellent surgeon and physical therapists, my recovery only lasted six months. The effect on my life was profound, and I began to consider a career in Physical Therapy.
I have been accepted into the Honors Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Regis is a small Jesuit university which is ranked #28 in the country for Physical Therapy. I plan to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Honors Biology and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. I believe that I can succeed at Regis University because it is very similar to St. Pius X High School where I graduated with a rank of #5 in my class with a 4.39 GPA. I was awarded two scholarships from Regis University, and I am interested in obtaining additional scholarships.
My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My life is in God’s hands, and my goal is to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Christian approach to healing patients. I know there will be obstacles along my path, but I will always remember that those obstacles are gifts from God. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story, and thank you for your consideration of my scholarship application.