Hello, my name is Ashley, and I said that I’d never go to college. When I graduated high school almost four years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to spend my life doing. I had so many people ask me what college I was going to go to, what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing, and I had absolutely no idea.
I’d had friends decide to go to college, and they had changed their majors a few times before the end of their first year, and were spending more money than they knew what to do with.
I decided right then and there that I didn’t want to go into my future marriage – whenever that was – in debt, so college seemed like it was pretty much out of the picture.
Then in May of this year, I started working at CPRS Physical Therapy as a receptionist/therapist aid. I work with some pretty awesome people that made me feel very at home in the new environment.
It was in the middle of June when I decided that I wanted to pursue a career to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). I didn’t say anything to anyone, and simply let it fester inside for a long time. I thought and prayed about it for months until mid-August when I decided to talk to one of my co-workers about what she thought of it.
She was so encouraging and told me that she thought it was a great idea, and that got the ball rolling for me. I decided to contact Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA to learn more about their program. They got me in to meet with their admissions counselors, and I felt very good about the prospect of going to their school.
In the last 7 days, I’ve spent about 57 hours in different physical therapy clinics. 40 in the one I work at, 10 at Drayer Physical Therapy in Lewistown, and 7 at Locust Grove Retirement Village in Mifflin. Observing under some great people, it made me realize even more that this is what I want to do with my life. I want to help people. I want to be able to know that I’m doing something to make a difference – even in the smallest ways.
Never say never. Because this almost 22-year old thought she’d NEVER go to college. And I’m overwhelmed. And scared and nervous. And I wonder if I can even do it. And I overthink it all. But I also know that this is what I’m supposed to be doing, so I’m going to pursue it in every way that I can.
If all goes well, I should be starting in January of 2016. I’ll be going 2 evenings a week to the Lancaster campus. I’m excited to see what my future holds.
What’s something YOU said you’d never do, but did?