About Allison Rosa

When Allison Rosa ’21 was searching for colleges she had a pretty good idea of what she was looking for. 

She wanted to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She also knew different schools offered accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, allowing students to achieve their bachelor’s and advanced degrees in six years.

What made the Sage 3+3 Accelerated B.S./D.P.T. program stand out was that it would allow her to major in Health Sciences, whereas as many programs narrow the choice of major to Biology.

This is among the many reasons why Allison believes choosing Sage was a very good move.

“I feel more prepared now as a Health Sciences major,” she says. “I wasn’t a big science kid in high school, so I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve been interested in my Health Science courses. I’ve genuinely enjoyed them, and everything I’ve taken has only increased my interest in the path I’ve chosen.”

Allison is a dancer. She settled on a physical therapy career without ever having seen a physical therapist to help her with an injury.

She chose this career path in large part because she wanted to work with kids, was interested in health care, and knew she wanted to be in a helping profession.

And now, having finished her undergraduate course work, she’s more sure than ever that becoming a Physical Therapist is exactly right for her. 

This certainty she feels is due, in some significant ways, to how she feels she’s grown and matured as a person at Sage. 

“In high school I was flying under the radar,” she says. “I wasn’t all that extroverted, so I didn’t get noticed. Here, you get noticed.”

 “And the connections I’ve made with my professors has done a lot for me,” she adds. “They get to know you as a person. They push you to reach your potential. They ask you questions about your life, and you have real conversations.”

Allison also feels she’s had opportunities she can’t imagine having at larger schools. She was involved in extensive research projects with her professors and fellow students. She had the chance to be a teaching assistant. “With all of this my confidence grew.” 

The sense of making connections and gaining in confidence extended beyond the classroom. Allison was a member of Dance Ensemble, where she took on a leadership role.

“The thing about Sage,” she says, “is that you can stand out and make a difference.”

And, she says, she’s made friends who are the closest friends she’s ever had.

What about this next phase of her academic life, getting into the hard core work of earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree?

“I’m excited and nervous,” Allison says. “But I know I’ve been well prepared.”

 “[The professors] get to know you as a person. They push you to reach your potential. They ask you questions about your life, and you have real conversations.”

Allison Rosa