She’s applying to DPT programs, and the prompt is why she wants to go into physical therapy on a personal level. Both of her reasons are very true to her.
The first is about how much she loves interacting with patents, talking to them, learning from them, and gives some insight into an elderly veteran she helped treat and a young child with CP who brings her joy. My daughter is a very social creature who never met a stranger and loves learning about other people. Even as a young child she really would bond with older folks.
The other relates to wanting to help those who might shy away from intervention. She was a competitive irish dancer plus ran xc and track in high school, her dance teachers and trainers encouraged dancing through injuries, stress fractures, sprains, even if crying. Since working in PT, she had seen many athletes like herself who were told to work though the pain (like a young gymnast), and she believes this isn’t right, and wants to advocate for them.
Is one better than the other? She feels like many applicants will have essays similar to the second, being athletes themselves and having spent a good amount of time in PT as well.