Neha Shah '14 '16HS: Simmons is Special

November 29, 2016

Neha Shah

We caught up with Neha about working as a Physical Therapist!

What did you study at Simmons? What's your current job title?

I graduated with my BS in exercise science in May 2014 and my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2016. I work as a Physical Therapist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

What's a typical day like at your job?

I see about 12-16 patients, from the ages of 18 to 90 years old and help them understand how physical therapy can improve their everyday life. I usually perform 2-3 new patient evaluations in a day and the remaining time I see returning patients for their daily visits. The documentation for the new patient evaluations and daily notes are usually performed at the end of each treatment session or at the end of the day.

What was the job application process like for you?

The Simmons Career Education Center (CEC) made the process easier for me. The CEC helped make edits to my resume and gave me tips on how to be presentable at an interview. I applied to a few different jobs at outpatient clinics after I graduated because I knew that was the setting that I wanted to be in. All of them replied back to me, but my last clinical placement offered me a job right on the spot because of the impression I made on my clinical instructors and the other physical therapy staff at that time.

What's your favorite part of your job?

Helping patients find a new lease on life and knowing that I made a difference in their life. Even if it's a small achievement at every appointment, the gratefulness they have for me and other physical therapists like me is something that is immeasurable.

How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?

Simmons built my self-confidence by allowing me to voice my opinions about different subjects and stand up for what I believe in. Simmons gave me academic knowledge as well as practical knowledge through clinical experiences at different settings to help me realize how important and fulfilling being a physical therapist can be.

Simmons is so special and gave me the tools to help accomplish my life goal of helping others. 

What advice would you give to the current Simmons students?

Work hard and take advantage of all the knowledge your professors have. Always ask questions, it’s better to ask and find out the real answer than to assume or keep wondering. 

And have fun! College is about new experiences and as much as we would like to stay in the library and study 24/7 (at least I did!) it's always important to take breaks and have a little fun in between studying.

What's your Simmons moment?

My Simmons moment was mid-way between my undergraduate and graduate studies when I was chosen to be a senior student interviewer in the Admission Office for prospective students entering Simmons. At the same time, I was chosen to mentor the Kotzen Scholars, a group of highly achieving undergraduate students. These experiences allowed me to interact with prospective and first year students about why Simmons is amazing and what makes it so different from other schools in the Boston area.