Life-long goal of improving health drives student to pursue physical therapy

Life-long goal of improving health drives student to pursue physical therapy

G rowing up, Georgia College senior Joshua Selby always strived to find different ways to improve his physical and mental health. Now, he is enjoying his studies as an exercise science major on a preprofessional track, and has his sight set on becoming a physical therapist.

“I found pursuing a degree in exercise science allows me to further explore more approaches to promote overall fitness and health, as well as examine why our body works in the way that it does,” he said.

Selby, who started Georgia College as a mass communications major, switched to exercise science and has loved it ever since. He feels it’s important for individuals to pursue a profession they’re passionate about.

His favorite class, structural kinesiology, helped him better understand new concepts.

“This class allowed me to gain hands-on learning with my classmates, which allowed me to study the mechanisms of body movements in detail,” he said. “I’m able to apply the material I learned during lectures from my previous courses.” 

“I found pursuing a degree in exercise science allows me to further explore more approaches to promote overall fitness and health, as well as examine why our body works in the way that it does.”
– Joshua Selby

He’s had several great professors, but Selby credits Exercise Science Lecturer Michael Hobbs with instilling in him the need to continually learn and hone his skills.

“Michael Hobbs has demonstrated to me what it’s like to devote yourself to learning new things, regardless of already being an expert in his field,” he said. “I admire that he truly enjoys what he teaches and is always finding new ways to perfect his craft.” 

Last year, Selby volunteered with the Life Enrichment Center and shadowed physical therapists at Twin Lakes Physical Therapy Clinic. He learned skills that helped shape him as a person.

“Engaging in these experiences allowed me to work with people of different ages, abilities, goals, backgrounds, lifestyles and more,” said Selby. “This helped me to become a better listener and a more effective communicator, as well as improve my problem-solving skills to meet the needs of each individual.”

After graduating next spring, Selby plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate in physical therapy. 

Joshua Selby, exercise science major
Joshua Selby, exercise science major

“I look forward to becoming a professional and learning all that I can before applying what I know into other people’s lives,” he said.

Eventually, Selby would like to work with patients of all ages and abilities in a clinical setting.

“I want to provide treatment for others with injuries, conditions, and/or illnesses and educate them of practices that can help improve the overall quality of their lives,” he said. “Everybody is different. The same injury does not mean you apply the same treatment. Each individual should be evaluated based on their needs, goals, lifestyle, etc. and have an individualized plan made specifically for them. Communicating with the patient is key.”

“Find out what you want to do. It is never too late to explore and research other occupation options,” Selby said. “College is the beginning of your career.”