I am working on my draft for this prompt right now, and even though I am still talking a little bit here and there about my past, I am focusing more on what I will do to meet the vision and making references to what I have done in the past that will help me meet the vision. Am I on the right track?
I feel like I am definitely answering the question but it's not so much a "personal statement" discussing who I am what I am today. Is this okay?
But then, again, the question does ask how I will "embody" the vision as a "future" therapist. HELP!
I think this question is a bit more open ended than some of us are making it out to be.
I'm not naive enough to believe that after only 100+ hours of shadowing, my own research on the field, and my own time spent in PT that I have a full enough knowledge to be getting into extremely specific details about what I will do as a PT to embody the vision. I feel like it would look foolish to answer this question by writing an essay saying "I'm going to specialize in these techniques" or "I am going to open a clinic with a focus on (blank)." Saying any of that would be a lie because I honestly do not know specific things I am going to do as a PT in 3, 4 years. Do any of us really? I feel like it would be really thin to go that route with the essay. We might as well all write that each of us hope to open the best most perfect successful clinic where we can all optimize movement for everyone and we can all live happily ever after. Please.
Do I know why I want to be a PT? Absolutely. Can I express how my character will make me a great PT and able to embody this vision? Done. Do I have a clear understanding of how my own time spent as a patient in PT has affected how I will act as a PT? Definitely. Am I able to tie in my own observation experiences into the vision? You bet.
In my essay I am sticking with who I am as a person, how my past experiences with PT have shaped who I am, why I am going to kick ass at this job, and how that all ties in to the APTA vision. I'm sticking to the core of what has led me to this point. Anything else would be grasping for straws.
If you are somehow fortunate enough to have a TON of experience in the field, have specific things that you know without a doubt you are going to do, good for you. By all means use that knowledge. I just know that I myself am not in that position, and I am sure many other young first time applicants aren't either.