Governors State University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
My name is Ryan Boyer, and I am a 24-year-old student in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Governors State University. I like helping people, and find that the best way to make myself happy is to make those around me happy. It is for this reason that I want to work in physical therapy, a profession that stresses the betterment of an individual, from a physically debilitated state, to a healed one.
I was born in Chicago, IL and I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with my two parents and three brothers. Brendan lives in OH, Kelsey, lives in CO, and my youngest brother, Shea goes to school at Colorado State University. I have always been very close to my family and realize more and more as I get older that I share many of the archetypical characteristics of a “Boyer” (especially my Dad’s sometimes unfortunate sense of humor). I have recently gotten engaged, and my fiancé, Tiffany, and I have been busy planning our wedding (set for this October) ever since.
I graduated from Saint Viator High School in 2011 and decided to attend the University of Cincinnati because it was a place I could see myself succeeding. People often question my choice, wondering why I came to Cincinnati instead of going to a DePaul, Loyola, or other school in Chicago. I usually respond that I wanted to break out of my zone of comfort and be more independent. The decision turned out to be one of the best ones I ever made, as it not only led me to a successful academic career, but introduced me to my fiancé. After finishing school at University of Cincinnati, I traveled back to my home-state of Illinois, to pursue my goal of becoming a physical therapist. I enrolled in Governors State University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in the Summer of 2015, and will graduate in the Spring of 2018.
This blog is a sort of roadmap of some of the major experiences I have had through my college years. Although it was originally intended to be a portfolio for my Honors program at the University of Cincinnati, I have since transitioned it into a professional portfolio, as a whole, including some relevant discussion from my time at Governors State University. I have included stories, pictures, and reflections to personalize you with my experiences. I hope you enjoy!