Angela Dela Cruz
Student in New Jersey
My name is Angela Dela Cruz and I am a student in Stockton University, studying a major in health science with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. I was born in the Philippines but currently reside in New Jersey. I am also involved in organizations in my university, such as the National Society of Leader Ship and Success, and participate in the Stockton Entertainment Team. I have completed over 100 hours of volunteering at a rehabilitation center, and my goal is to graduate from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in Stockton by 2023.
I did not always know what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field. It was around high school that I stumbled upon this profession, when I went to a few physical therapy sessions with my uncle who has Parkinson's. At first he had great difficulty moving due to the disease, but after continuously going to his sessions there was a significant improvement, and this made me realize that I wanted to help people regain their abilities to carry out everyday actions. This was the moment that told me to pursue physical therapy, and I believe my determination and hard work will help me reach my goal of geriatric physical therapy.
The DPT program is a competitive process to enter, but my passion for anatomy, physiology, and science will help me through any obstacles. I also love Stockton for the teachers who have given me so much knowledge, and for the opportunity of meeting amazing new people. I have a passion for physical therapy, and I believe that the support of my family, my hard-work, and my dedication will allow me to achieve my ambitions.