Today me and 4 classmates took about 20 Physical Therapy Aide students into the gross anatomy lab and taught them about the body. As the PTA students walked in I was looking over the donor/teacher/body my professor wanted me to use (that I usually don't work with) making sure I tagged everything I wanted to cover. My head is down looking things over and I hear a voice...
"Didn't you go to Central?" I looked up to see an old classmate from my undergrad life.
"Yeah! I remember you. Your name starts with a C or K right?"
"Yeah, I'm *insert name*"
We make a quick chit chat then me and my classmates got started. Things went really well. I actually remembered a lot more material than I thought I would considering I haven't been over some of that stuff in months! But that's not the interesting thing.
K graduated the May after I did in December. We traveled along the same circles in undergrad because we both wanted to be PT's. The interesting thing is K had the "I'm better than you" personality. She never said it out loud, but whenever we'd talk about our plans for after undergrad you could just feel her patting your head with her words. She was a nice person as a whole, it was just that part of her I didn't care for. Now here she was, visiting me, in PT school, as a PTA student. As bad as it sounds, it felt kinda good knowing that today she learned I got in somewhere and that she had to take one step down. I wanted to talk to her the way she talked to me years ago but I kept it professional. Man that sounds bad, but I am being honest.
Now don't get me wrong, PTAs to PTs are like PAs to MDs. We both do the same things for the most part job wise, it just PTs and MDs do a little more and get paid a whole lot more. Getting into a PTA program isn't a competitive process, but tuition/yr for a PTA program is cheaper and they go for 2 years vs. our 3 years.
The only thing that would have made this unexpected experience better is if it was this girl that was always one step above me in undergrad instead of K. I'd get 100% on a test and she'd get 105% due to extra credit. Stuff like that! *grrrrrr* Anywho, that chick is currently Duke's PT program. I wish her well.
Now totally unrelated...
My classmates have pretty much introduced me to a funny U toob clip every week. Today I have been introduced to the blueberry clip. Watch till the end and have a smile :-)