Missionary Physical Therapy

Scholarship Entrant: Lisa from Austin, TEXAS
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Lisa: 38

A dream I have always had was to open a physical therapy clinic in a developing country while part time doing missionary work for the surrounding community. To help integrate the two, I would host clinic hours a few times a week that were free for people in the area whose job required physical labor and/or required physical standards that they did not have anymore due to an injury or break. Also on the weekends, I would help local churches with projects that dealt with fixing up the local community and serving children nutritious meals for dinner. In order to reach this goal, I would finish graduate school with a doctorate in physical therapy and a minor in Spanish and start working at a physical therapy clinic in the area. This will allow me to have a well-rounded education in the field and also give me the chance to gain experience as a PT. While living in an apartment, I would pay off all student loans and initially start putting money aside for my trip and the clinic so that by the time I turn 40, I would have enough to get started. Opening up my first clinic in a new country will be challenging, with a change in environment and culture, but I believe that it will be worth it. I have always wanted to integrate physical therapy and missionary work, and I can only imagine what wonders this could bring to a struggling community.

Vote for Lisa: 38

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