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IMAGE: Wynter pictured with Dr. Bruce Barrett, daughter Alivia, and Professor Tom Rutledge

Wynter pictured with Dr. Bruce Barrett, daughter Alivia, and Professor Tom Rutledge

Student Spotlight on Wynter Zdunczyk

Student Spotlight

Wynter Zdunczyk (East Liverpool)

First year physical therapist assistant student Wynter Zdunczyk knows the importance of time management. As a mother of two, a wife, a part time waitress and a full time student, Zdunczyk has a packed schedule. With little time to herself Zdunczyk has mastered the art of balancing family, work and school.  As a nontraditional student she credits the strong support system she has in her husband and mother for her ability to go back to school.

"Having a supportive family is invaluable," Zdunczyk said. "I wouldn't be able to go back to school without all of their help."

With such a busy schedule, Wynter finds time to study after she has tucked her children in to bed. "Studying begins for me at the end of the day, when all of my mommy duties are finished."

Zdunczyk chose to attend Kent State University at East Liverpool because of the quality of the degree she is seeking and the selectiveness of the physical therapist assistant program. Aside from actual application for the program, students must also go through an interview process to ensure they have the proper motivation and insight to succeed within the field of physical therapy. Zdunczyk thinks the most rewarding part of the program is the sense of accomplishment she feels when helping others.

Currently in her first semester of clinical coursework, Zdunczyk is practicing hands-on learning at Belmont Community Hospital. The skills she is learning this semester will aid her as she continues in the physical therapy program and also upon graduation. After successfully leaving the university, Zdunczyk hopes to use her new skills in the pediatrics and outpatient departments of a facility in St. Clairesville or Wheeling, so that her commute time will be minimal.

The drive and determination Zdunczyk has to complete the program comes from a desire to provide for her children. Simply put, "I'm doing it all for my kids," she said.

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