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"My fascination with the human body coupled with a strong personal interest in sporting activity are the two chief motivators behind my desire to become a physiotherapist. I have always been interested in how the human body works, repairs itself and can be improved through more exercise and better eating habits.
On a more personal level, as a keen footballer and sports person I have had my fair share of injuries in the past which have led me to seek treatment from physiotherapists. These first hand experiences allowed me to see how physiotherapy can change the quality and well being of a person’s life. This contact with them only further increased my desire to one day become a qualified physiotherapist.
To learn more about physiotherapy and to improve the career options available to me in the future I focused my studies at college on topics related to physiotherapy and also worked voluntarily with a professional physiotherapist at a health centre. At college I concentrated on subjects like biology and physiology deliberately so as to increase my understanding of anatomy, rehabilitation and human movement. Whilst there I was fortunate enough to receive superb advice, support and encouragement from the careers department who explained to me the broad range of areas that physiotherapists can work in. They also showed me how to plot my career and highlighted to me the importance of having relevant work experience under my belt.
To gain practical experience I volunteered to do unpaid work as a busy community health centre. For three months I assisted practising physiotherapists, dieticians, nurses and rehabilitation assistants in their daily duties. It provided me with a unique environment to work alongside professionals and to gain a real understanding of what the job entails. It was an ideal opportunity for me to appreciate the contribution different professions make to healthcare and to see the latest teaching methods, clinical equipment and technology in practise.
In deciding where to continue my higher education I was faced with a number of choices. Originally your university was not at the top of my list of prospective places to study. However that changed after I attended an open day at your campus and saw the facilities on offer. This coupled with the structure of your physiotherapy course which combines academic work with a great variety of placements are points that greatly appealed to me. I would also like to say that I had previously visited several other universities but found them to be bland and uninspiring compared to the atmosphere and buzz at your institution."