Start Your Semester Right

Start Your Semester Right

“Hi, my name is Jake Moyer and I’m a Junior Exercise Science student here at the University of New Hampshire.”
This, I have found after working at the UNH Phonathon, is the most simple and effective way to introduce myself. Even though I no longer work there, I have taken what I have learned from that experience and continue to apply it today. Now that I have introduced myself, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and (hopefully) at the same time provide some inspiration. After all, it is the beginning of the semester and everyone could use a little motivation.
One of my long-term goals is to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. This will theoretically take 4 more years of education. First, I will earn my Baccalaureate in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. After I do so, I will be attending Physical Therapy School for 3 years to earn my Doctorate. To accomplish this, I have a few short term goals that need to be fulfilled. I need to continue to do well in school. I need to prepare myself for the Graduate Record Examination, which I will be taking at the end of this semester. I need to continue to gain experience in the field of Physical Therapy by volunteering and observing PTs. This seems like a handful, but I learned something at work that helped me put it all into perspective.
I currently work in the biomechanics lab in New Hampshire Hall, helping out with a research study called the BFREE (Blood Flow Restricted Exercise Efficacy) Study. This study compares different exercise protocols and their effectiveness in older adults. I will talk more about the BFREE in later posts. Last week, while I was training one of the subjects, she told me how she has lived in many different places since she was a military wife. These places included New Hampshire, Virginia, and France. While telling me about her experience in France, she mentioned that she was never able to visit Paris, which was something she had always wanted to do. I thought to myself, “You were in France but didn’t get the chance to go to Paris?! The city of love, the city of lights, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world?”¬†After reflecting on what she told me, I thought some more about how when something that you’ve always wanted to do becomes attainable, go for it. Do what you want to do because regret is the result of missed opportunities. That, my friends, is what I want you to take from this as you go through this semester, this year, and the rest of your life. I know I will, because my goals are not easy. My goals are only attainable with hard work, perseverance, and taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.