We asked a recent Soma graduate to reflect on her time here at Soma. Here are her responses.
What were your feelings on entering the program?
I was nervous. Curious. Questioning myself if I made the right decision to make a career change. Wondering if this career really was for me. But even with all that, I was excited. I had explored multiple options, disappointed with each one more than the last until I came to Soma. This school and its program stood out from the rest.
Why did you enter the program?
I was looking to change my career. Working full-time as a Chef ruled my life. With my shifts ranging from 12 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week, only making just enough to pay my bills... it was draining. My friends and family began to ostracize me for never being available. I missed birthdays, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, and everything in between. I was pushing my body to the limit, and with the lost support and understanding of the people I cared about I slowly sank into a deep depression. I knew something needed to change, and it needed to change fast. It took me a while to realize, but when I made the decision to go back to school, it gave me something to work towards again. It gave me hope. I turned back to one of my original desires, to enter into physical therapy, and went on researching all options available. Before I knew it, I was filling out an application (on the spot, I might add) after my walkthrough with Stan. I was sold immediately. It was the focus on clinical work, and the confidence. Confidence in the teacher's and student's capabilities radiated from Stan and anyone else I spoke to, and I think it was that confidence that gave me the extra little push I needed.
What were some high points and low points in your time here?
The classes were amazing. Really, so much information was given, it kept me captivated. I soaked it up like a sponge. And the teachers were so helpful and engaging; you could tell they enjoy what they do, and that made things all the more interesting. I finished the program on a high note with lovely new people. It was more than I expected, and I was (and still am) extremely grateful for that opportunity.
Did you learn everything you wanted to learn/ do you feel qualified to start your career now that you've graduated?
I absolutely learned what I wanted! That confidence I mentioned earlier? I feel it in myself now. I am beyond happy with my decision to go back to school, and I can't imagine where I would be now if I hadn't. I can't wait to get started in my new career! The decision to attend Soma changed my life in more ways than I imagined.