5 Mixed Stages of Emotion After Getting Accepted to your PT, OT or SLP Grad School

Felicia Stephens
February 3, 2018

1. Disbelief

The inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real

At this 1st stage you literally, can’t believe it.  You got in, yes seriously! No kidding, believe it. You have that acceptance letter and an invitation to the next class of 20**.  You have a YES! You may have gotten a no in the past, but not today. Some lucky program has seen what you have inside of you, and they want it! Pinch yourself, because this is real.

Make It Happen. Shock Everyone.

2. Pure Joy

A feeling of great pleasure and happiness

Jump up and down or run down the aisles if you want! You should be overjoyed because you have worked hard for this moment. You have applied and succeeded. Now it’s time to celebrate! Treat yourself, share the good news, and daydream about the future. YOU DID IT, AND THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT!

Sparkle Shimmer and Shine with Joy.

3. Gratitude

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation

I know that someone has helped you along your journey! You did not get here on your own. Your support systems, mentors, and family have played a large role in your achievement. So don’t forget to thank the “little people.”You are blessed, and you should be grateful for that you have accomplished this milestone.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie.

4. Anxiety

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome

This worrisome emotion is bound to sneak in and make you have doubt, worry, and headache. Channel that nervous energy into productivity. Get busy making yourself prepared and ready to begin this new journey fresh, fueled and focused.

You're not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that everyday. HealthyPlace.com

5. Calm Focus

An act of calmly concentrating interest or activity on something

You have gone from shocked to scared and now it’s time to settle down and grind. You may still have classes to complete, choices to make, and paperwork to submit on top of your other many responsibilities. Stay focused on the finish line, because you don't reach the finish until you walk into orientation with your name on the role.

Keep Calm and Focus

Congratulations!!!! You are awesome and now you have gone from a Future Hopeful PT, OT or SLP to a Future PT, OT or SLP. It is a great feeling to live out your dream so keep dreaming.