The topic for the journal is what I think challenges are for the profession. There are many that I am sure I will leave out, but I am going to talk about a couple that I have seen first hand. The first challenge would have to be the lack of knowledge people have about Athletic Training. I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked about my major and said that sounds fun to train athletes or what kind of workouts do you prefer to do. I have no hard feelings toward people who don’t know about the profession because more than likely they just didn’t know or have never heard of it. I actually like explaining to people what exactly I can do and my knowledge I have. I always get a kick out of people when their faces are wowed by what I know. I think it would be easy to fix this by having it more advertised to the general public. Another setback from the same issue is people not trusting my opinion. During my offsite time at Virginia High, I saw this first hand happen as my opinion was not taken seriously. I know that I am just a student and it's hard for people to trust someone who is not certified or they don’t know in general. I think getting a second opinion is great because I know that I am not the smartest and am human. Everyone makes mistakes and that is okay. During my high school days I would hear people talk about our AT as if he had no clue what he is doing. I know now the education he went through more than qualifies him to know what he is talking about. If someone wants to get the diagnoses from a physician or rehab with a PT that is perfectly fine with because at the end of day it is their choice. I will never force a patient to do anything just give advice on what I think, and if my advice is not good enough then it is perfectly fine with me. Another issue, people thinking that AT’s are only with high schools. I have had many people ask after explaining my major, what high school are you gonna try to work at? I always reply back, If I can land a high school job that will be great or at a clinic, hospital, etc. Whoever I am talking to is always surprised to hear this and it makes me laugh. I like to explain different settings I could work in and what my preferences are and they seem to find it really interesting. After thinking about all these issues, the major cause is a lack of knowledge people have about the profession. It is a newer profession some many people have never had the personal experience, but I think more people are learning now more than ever.
During my time in the program I have experienced many lows and highs. Everything that I have been through has molded me into who I am now as a student. I know I have not been the best student at times but my work ethic in the clinic is what has saved me. Having all of the preceptors that believe in my skills has helped me tremendously. Confidence in the beginning was my biggest weakness early on. The material was not that hard to learn, but I let distractions enter into my life which made it harder to learn. I think in this last semester I want to prove to myself how much I’ve learned while being here at Emory. The reason I feel the need for this is because of the certification test I am going to take in March. My confidence in the my ability to learn is at an all time high along with my confidence in my knowledge and skills. I believe that this semester is going to be my best overall because of my confidence and that I like my classes. The past couple of semesters I have dreaded going to class because I always felt like I was behind. That feeling completely eats up my motivation to be successful. When failure seems like you’re only option it is hard to see the bright side. I have learned to overcome this by just sitting down and doing what needs to be done. I feel so much better after and my stress goes away. These are the reasons why I see this semester being my best in the program. I am ready to elevate myself higher than I’ve ever been. I am just curious at this point about how good I can do if I really try. I have all the tools and skills I need now after 3 years.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.