|My husband and I on our wedding day. I couldn’t pick just one picture! (photos courtesy Meg Courtney Photography)|
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Alumni Spotlight Meaghan (Barringer) Weedon
4. Is being a physical therapist how you imagined it would be while in school?
SLU has a very strong clinical education and I was well prepared for life in the clinical world. One thing that has surprised me out of school is how much seasoned therapists rely on each other, regardless of how many years they have been practicing. I see a LOT of collaboration between the other therapists at my job, and I think it really benefits our patients.
5. What advice would you give to undergrads in the Program? Professional students?
Don’t give up! School is definitely challenging, but having a meaningful and rewarding career is absolutely worth the time and effort you put forth into your education.
6. What is something that you struggled with or something that didn’t come as easily to you in the program? How did you overcome it?
Gross Anatomy was, without question, the most difficult class I took as a PT student. I was not blessed with a good memory; I tend to learn best by practical application and problem solving rather than rote memorization. I could not have gotten through that summer without the help of my parents, my sister, my crazy PT friends (Kelli and Alyson), and the rest of my classmates.
7. Are there certain aspects of your SLU PT education that you have found especially valuable in the field?
Everything. I think my education prepared me well for life as a practicing physical therapist. I frequently reference my class notes and textbooks when treating my patients. However, the most important thing I learned in school was how to think, and how to apply knowledge to a variety of situations. I love that my job requires so much textbook knowledge, but the most important skill is how to use all of that information to a given situation. After all, no two patients are EVER the same.
8. How did you first become interested in photography?
I was the yearbook editor-in-chief during my senior year of high school, and we invested in several brand new SLR cameras that year. I was hooked the moment I first used one. I finally saved up enough money to buy my own SLR camera about 4 years ago and started doing quite a bit of freelance on the side. In 2010, I decided to start my own photography business officially (i.e. pay taxes to the government). I am now on my third SLR camera (thanks to the thief who decided to steal my second one while I was on my honeymoon in Italy! Luckily, it was insured.)
9. For you, do physical therapy and photography have anything to do with each other?
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