Erin Fitzgerald ‘15, DPT ‘17
Erin Fitzgerald ‘15, DPT ‘17, is currently a physical therapist at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network. She chose Springfield College because it’s where her brother Kyle ‘13 was enrolled as well as for its reputable physical therapy program. But she also chose it because she knew it was a place where she could grow.
“As I continued to visit each time, I felt more and more like this was the place that I could grow and not only learn and become a physical therapist, but also learn about myself and grow into the leader and person that I wanted to be,” she said.
Erin became heavily involved in student life; participating in LTC, Habitat for Humanity, and the Campus Activities Board, among other activities. However, the most formative experience was Pre-Camp.
When Erin thinks about which Springfield College experiences prepared her for her career, three things come to mind. First, experiential experience built into the course schedule.
“All of the integrated clinical experiences helped me learn how to build rapport with not only patients but patients’ family members, and other medical professionals. I think that is one of the most important aspects of my profession,” she said.
She also learned to be more creative.
“I currently work as a pediatric physical therapist in both outpatient and early intervention settings. All of the clubs and activities I participated in forced me to think outside the box and helped me grow my creative side,” she said.
Finally, Springfield College taught her the importance of collaboration.
“Springfield fostered a multidisciplinary team approach not only in the classroom but throughout its clubs, activities and leadership opportunities,” she said.
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