Just in time: Tye’s path to UTS Physiotherapy
Applying for postgraduate studies while you’re completing your undergraduate degree can be a challenging time. Current UTS Physiotherapy student Tye Sieger knows the feeling!
I remember it all too well. Exams are coming up, applications are closing soon, GPAs are suddenly important and there’s this new course that you’ve only just heard about. Your super-organised friends already have all their applications in and you’re starting to sweat.
I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Wollongong (UOW), so I knew I always had to find somewhere else to study Physio. But as I’m sure you know, it’s really not that simple. I was considering every university, from Griffith in the north to La Trobe in the South and everywhere in between.
I do remember the moment it all changed though. I was sitting in a lecture hall when the head of my degree walked in and told all of us about this new course at UTS. When I got home and started to think about it I decided to google the program. Interviews for applicants, huh? That’s interesting. Small cohort? Very appealing. 700 clinical placement hours? I like it.
When it came to applications, I applied everywhere, but I secretly had my hopes set on UTS. I wanted to be able to commute from Wollongong (it’s possible!), the small cohort was very appealing, the course seemed very practical, it was the newest Physio degree in the country and I liked the idea of pioneering a new course.
I nervously awaited the response to my application all the while trying to study for my final exams. I handed in my application with two days to go, so I had to wait a while before I received my offer for an interview. Ironically it was in this time that I really discovered that UTS was definitely my first preference. I’d already applied to a few other universities and thought I’d left my application to UTS too late. Funnily enough, it was only when the option of UTS was seemingly removed that I found it was where I wanted to study the most.
I was guided through the entire process by the amazing team at the Graduate School of Health (GSH). Honestly the guys there are so amazingly helpful. They go above and beyond to make life easier for us.
Eventually, I received my offer for an interview, which only made me more nervous as I’d never sat an interview for anything before. Obviously, the interview went well and I was offered a spot to study at UTS - one which I happily accepted. I am now writing this blog knowing that I made the right choice for me.
The course has been fantastic for my development as a physiotherapist. The small cohort, the state of the art facilities, the passionate teachers and student and the practical nature of the course have helped me not only grow as a physiotherapist but as a person too. I’ve been challenged to think differently and to accept my flaws, and I’ve learnt how to improve myself in an environment that provides you with all the support and guidance you need.