What Inspires me in Life by Adam A.

What Inspires me in Life by Adam A.

The spark that inspired my life and my career path occurred after a tragic event on Memorial Day Weekend in 2015. During a soccer tournament in Denver, Colorado, I collided with a player on the opposing team and broke my femur. As I laid on the soccer field, I wondered if I would ever be able to play soccer again. My teammates came to the hospital to support me, and my classmates sent me texts and emails wishing me a speedy recovery. The surgery was a complete success, and I returned home to Albuquerque, New Mexico with three metal screws in my femur and a full cast on my leg. When my Sophomore year started in August of 2015, I   could not attend practice or try out for the soccer team. I sat on the sideline and watched every soccer practice and every game. The sadness in my heart was unbearable.

When the cast was removed, my doctor recommended physical therapy. The physical therapists at Peak Motion Physical Therapy treated me as if I was a member of their family.  The physical therapists worked with me and pushed me towards my goal of playing soccer before the end of the season. I walked into physical therapy on crutches, and four months later I was running on the treadmill. After another two months, the doctor released me to play full-contact soccer in November of 2015. The effect on my life was profound, and I began to consider a future career in physical therapy.

I returned to the soccer field with a renewed sense of purpose. As a two-year Captain  for the St. Pius X High School soccer program, I lead my team to the District 5-5A Championships in 2016 and 2017 and the District 5 State Runner-Up Championship in 2016. I was awarded Honorable Mention All-District 5A in 2015, Second Team All-District 5A in 2016, and Honorable Mention All-State in 2016 and 2017. I also received several St. Pius X High School soccer awards including the Best Rookie Award in 2014, the Best Midfielder Award in 2016, and the most prestigious Dominico Marquez Leadership Award in 2017.

I have been accepted into the Honors Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and I will begin my Freshman year in the Fall of 2018. Regis is a small Jesuit university which is ranked #28 in the country for physical therapy. I plan to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Honors Biology and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. I believe that I can excel at Regis University because it is very similar to St. Pius X High School where I graduated fifth in my class with a 4.39 GPA. I was awarded two scholarships from Regis University including the Board of Trustees Scholarship for $19,000 and the Catholic High School Award for $1,000. These scholarships cover less than half of the tuition costs, and I am interested in obtaining additional scholarships to cover the remaining costs.

My mentor Phil Baca is the owner of Peak Motion Physical Therapy, and he encouraged me to pursue a career in physical therapy. Mr. Baca taught me that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. He gave me the gift of healing and showed me how I can help other people. Mr. Baca taught me that I can be a successful business owner with hard work and a positive attitude. He inspired me to work towards my goal of owning a premier physical therapy clinic that uses the latest science and technology to heal patients who are recovering from an injury or surgery. I am confident that I can achieve my goal with an education from Regis University and the support of my family and mentor. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story, and thank you for your consideration.

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