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Why do you want to be a physical therapist
They say that while you can take the girl out of Minnesota, you cannot take Minnesota out of the girl. I owe much to the late Helen Skowlund in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota for starting me on my physical therapy career path. I had been teaching junior high school for 2 years and decided this was not my lifetime calling. I remembered Ms Skowlund (my freshman advisor) saying that if I ever wanted advice on physical therapy to give her a call. She took me to lunch at the faculty club and gave me the following directives: here are the courses you need to take; here are the entry-level master's degree programs you need to apply to; and, by the way, you will have to leave Minnesota. I interviewed for the Stanford University Physical Therapy Program in Chicago—my second time in an airplane and my first-ever taxi ride. I remember to this day responding to the classic interview question: Why do you want to be a physical therapist? I said that I thought teaching was an important part of what physical therapists did with patients. When I arrived at Stanford University, I was quickly marked as that Minnesotan who wore flannel shirts and jeans, said nerve “rut” instead of “root,” asked when we were going to learn about Kinney hot packs (still used in Minnesota from the days of poliomyelitis), and could not understand how you could call something a lake on the Stanford campus that had water in it only in the springtime.