I am so happy to be doing my first internship as a PTA intern. I *love* my CI, the other PT, and the staff. I feel very welcomed, even if this first internship is only for 2 weeks. I can totally understand if people feel that I’m not worth the time, that they are plenty busy enough….Especially having had so many interns over the years in medical research. 2 weeks is great for me, and not so great for them. (so I am more grateful than I can express).
I can say from direct experience, for I’ve been a mentor to many….Interns are a big ass TIME SINK and typically a practice in EXTREME PATIENCE. The deal is, I myself was blessed with **AMAZING** mentors. So I’ve tried to pay the system back. Truth is, a few interns were truly needy and their data fairly questionable. It was still a lot of fun… but in general, their results….well… let’s just say that I took it with a grain of salt! But I also learned a lot as the teacher, it is harder to explain “DO” vs do it myself, but again, I was graced with amazingly patient teachers and I love them from the bottom of my heart.
So, here I am, about to turn 49 as PTA intern, post Ph.D. in microbiology!!! It is disconcerting to be in a new field, even though it feels right. I know I have soooooo muh to learn.
Yet I’ve also been teaching yoga for several years now (approx 500 classes now) and having practiced for 16 years (well over 2500 classes taken). I am not saying that I have figured out anything – in fact I feel lucky to learn more about challenges/limitations post injuries, and PTA school has taught be so much.
Yoga is my calling, to be sure, but PTA school is preparing me to be the best/safest instructor I could possibly be. Teacher training involves a whole lot of anatomical training, but PTA school has added ***so much*** to my knowledge/safety base.
Feeling grateful and far more determined in this program. I just adore working with clients – and it is my dearest desire to return them to their previous function…. and then far more.