Like many other students, Devin Ludowese was not exactly sure what she wanted to study her first year of college. She had a strong desire to enter the medical field, where she could work directly with patients. She also wanted a family-friendly career. After a bit of searching around, Devin, a junior at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) from Hutchinson, Minn. , decided that physical therapy (PT) fit the bill.
"I talked to past students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) who were in graduate school for physical therapy, and they told me that the pre-PT program here prepared them very well," Devin explained. "After researching the career and pre-PT program, I realized it was right for me."
Her decision was not without its difficulties. Since Devin switched her major a few times before deciding on pre-PT and psychology, she had some catching up to do. A few summer courses later, she is back on track.
Despite her hectic schedule, Devin makes time for extra-curricular activities, such as Psychology Club, the Big Brother Big Sister program, and Special Olympics. In addition, she is on the Joint Events Council, a programming board on campus comprised of both CSB and SJU students. She also participates in Benedictine Friends, a program in which students partner with a nun to learn more about Benedictine spirituality.
While many people would find so much work to be overwhelming, Devin embraces it all.
"This program requires tough classes and it is important to get good grades to get into PT school," Devin said. "I have enjoyed the challenge that the pre-PT program at CSB/SJU has given me."
One of the keys to her success both in and out of the classroom is the help she has received from the professors at CSB/SJU. She considers these positive relationships and the strong sense of community within the colleges her favorite part of her experiences here.
After graduation, she looks forward to continuing on to obtain her doctorate at PT school so she can become a registered physical therapist.
"The pre-PT program may require a lot of work and tough classes, but it is a worthwhile and very rewarding program."