Student Stories: Jared Selby
In the fall of 2023, we asked several current students to tell us a little bit about their experiences here: what made them choose Widener, how they felt about that experience today, and how well they felt we were preparing them for their next steps. Jared Selby, a 2022 undergraduate degree holder working towards his doctorate in Physical Therapy, was one of the students who shared their responses.
The faculty have been very important in my training here. They helped me find and apply for my clinical experiences: I’ll be doing an international clinical session in Belize, hopefully being able to give care to a lot of people who don’t otherwise have access to care, and then back at CADES, a school in Swarthmore which serves disabled students.
So far, the Pro-bono clinic on campus is the best part of my education. Now that I see how difficult it is actually treating patients, I know that I would feel so thrown into the deep end without this experience, and I don’t know how I would handle without it. I’ve had a special opportunity through a liaison position on the clinic’s student leadership board, which has been helped me network with additional pro-bono clinics around the country, and also to help integrate nursing and the PsyD program into the Widener clinic. It’s been rewarding and important to help build these connections with other programs around the country, as well as work with other students on our own campus to help provide more services to our clients.
Once you get in and see everything you have to learn, you see there is so much more to physical therapy than you knew. But the education and experiences have helped me learn what parts are most interesting to me and where I want to go with my own career.