Last month, four of my classmates from NVCC’s Physical Therapy Assistant Program joined me to participate in an event called Splash at Yale – an opportunity to teach 7th through 12th graders a topic of our choice at Yale University. This event takes place in April and is organized by Yale students. When signing up, college students can suggest virtually any topic to teach. You can even select the students’ grade level and the number of students in your class.
My classmates and I decided to teach two classes: one titled, “What is Physical Therapy?” and the other called, “The PT and the PTA.” I had hoped this experience would be a good opportunity to not only educate students on what physical therapy is, but to teach them what is involved with pursuing this career path. I wanted to be able to offer these young students an idea of what this career path is like and to answer any questions they may have about the process involved in earning a degree as a PTA.
We had such a blast with our students! Our classes were full of attentive, eager students interested in the field of physical therapy. To my surprise, many of our young students had commuted from New York City to attend this event. We had students eager to participate in our demonstration, and they asked several great questions. This experience taught me a lot about presenting, and in particular, educating someone about physical therapy, something I will be doing often in my future career as a physical therapist assistant.
Splash is not exclusively a Yale phenomenon. Harvard, Princeton, and MIT run their own Splash events, along with other New England colleges. I encourage any serious, motivated college student to pursue this opportunity next spring. It was incredibly rewarding to teach young students a topic about which I’m passionate—and one I’m still learning about every day. This was one splash I’ll cherish greatly.