First-year Physical Therapy student Aaron Weeks quickly learned that his field is more than just treating sports injuries.
“Many of the people physical therapists treat have diseases that can’t be cured,” said Weeks. “Physical therapy is often the best way they can improve their quality of life. Now that I am exposed to all the different aspects of the profession, I look forward to experiencing all of them.”
The Birmingham native may not have taken the usual route to get to the PT program. He spent his undergrad one floor below the PT labs in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program.
“It’s a field, like physical therapy, where you can make a huge impact on the quality of a person’s life at times when they have no other options,” said Weeks.
He graduated in May 2011 and was able to work before starting the PT program to gain valuable general clinical experience.
Weeks said the PT program is a natural fit for him.
“I have always been a physically active person and realize how important it is to our health to be physically active,” said Weeks.
As a student, he has maintained a 3.5 GPA. As an alumnus, he remains active as a member of the UAB National Alumni Society. As someone who has been on both sides of the coin, he offers advice to incoming students.
“It’s important to make good grades in school, but I think it’s just as important to maintain a good balance of family, friends and school so that you won’t get burned out.” said Weeks.
He still has a few years left of the PT program with an expected graduation date of December 2014, and he already knows what the future holds.
“I would like to get a job as soon as possible working in an outpatient setting,” said Weeks. “Then I hope to get married and start a family.”