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Interning at Associated Physical Therapists, Inc. in Easton this semester, Nancy Haystrand ’03 (Hillsdale, N.J.) is deciding if a career in physical therapy is something she would like to pursue after graduating.

“The internship actually puts you in the job position and allows you to see every aspect of the daily routine,” says Haystrand, a behavioral neuroscience major. “It’s actual hands-on experience.”

She says that after only her first day on the job, she gained a lot of valuable information about a field she previously knew little about, including what it takes to get into a good graduate physical therapy program. “This is the greatest way to determine if the three years of school are worth it,” she says.

Through this internship, Haystrand is hoping to better her “people skills.” “I do a lot of observing,” she says, “and I see how important the patient-practitioner relationship is and how it affects the healing process.”

Frank Rossi, a physical therapist with Associated Physical Therapists, Inc., is supervising the internship.

Haystrand adds that the academically rigorous and demanding environment at Lafayette is “worth it for the future.”

A graduate of Pascack Valley High School, Haystrand is a member of the Lafayette Society for Neuroscience and varsity swim team. She is philanthropy chair for the Panhellenic Society and her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. For the past three years, she has helped coach swimmers who will participate in the Special Olympics. She has also volunteered at the Third Street Alliance Shelter, Easton, doing arts and crafts with children.

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