Karah Snyder, DPT25

"I chose Tufts because of the sense of togetherness the program gave me. It felt like they wanted me and kept in touch throughout the entire application and acceptance process."
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Karah Snyder, DPT25, a student in the Tufts University School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Boston program, shares her journey and experiences.

Why did you choose to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree?

"I chose to pursue Physical Therapy because of my dad. He was diagnosed with advanced Ankylosing Spondylitis when I was in elementary school. He went through major surgeries that all happened in the springtime, so he had to go to all his follow-up appointments and therapy sessions in the summer. I was off for summer vacation, so I always went with him, and PT was my favorite place to go. The physical therapist was always much more than another health care provider; they understood all aspects of recovery, not just movement, which immensely helped his attitude and outlook. I saw how that affected him, and I can't wait to be that person for other people and help them feel supported."

Why did you choose Tufts to pursue your degree?

"I chose Tufts because of the sense of togetherness the program gave me. It felt like they wanted me and kept in touch throughout the entire application and acceptance process. With other programs, it felt more like they were trying to fill the seats rather than care about the person in that seat. Additionally, with Tufts hybrid program, I get to stay close to home, which is something I was looking for because family is incredibly important to me."

What has your experience in the Tufts DPT Boston program been like so far?

"I would describe my time in the program as quick, stressful, and fun. Time is flying in this program, especially because it is accelerated. But it is so much fun because we are constantly making new friends, learning interesting things, and trying new experiences. Obviously, you will experience stress in PT school because there is a lot of information, but it is all interesting and enjoyable. The workload is demanding, but Tufts gives you all the support you need to be successful."

What is your favorite aspect about the program?

"Initially, I was hesitant to be in a hybrid program because I thought I might miss out on the connections and relationships that an in-person program would give me. But starting day 1, we were put in coaching groups and academic teams to connect with other students. We work with our academic team almost daily, which helps foster relationships. So, when we are in person for lab immersions, it feels like we've known each other for years."

What do you wish to accomplish upon graduation?

"Following graduation, I hope to continue the relationships and connections I have built at Tufts. Physical Therapy is not one size fits all, so staying involved in the constantly evolving world is essential. Maintaining these connections allows us to continue our education, serve as a resource for ideas, and allow for many future opportunities."

What do you want a prospective student to know about Tufts?

"I want prospective students to know that PT school is stressful, so it is important to surround yourself with people who care and an environment that fosters a sense of togetherness. Tufts has given me both of these things, so I never feel alone. Tufts faculty values these aspects of the DPT program, so they are there every step to ensure you are supported and set up for success."

Connect with Karah

As one of our our DPT students ambassadors, Karah is available to chat with perspective students during our office hours. You can also check out her Instagram Reel.