Joey Rosi has a heart for working with Spanish-speaking patients, which he plans to do as a world-traveling physical therapist. Rosi will graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and health science/pre-physical therapy and complete an additional two years in the doctor of physical therapy program at UF.
“Joey has been able to seize opportunities which allow him to have the skills needed to work abroad or in Spanish-speaking communities as a future physical therapist, while at The University of Findlay,” said Jean Weaver, PT, assistant professor of physical therapy.
During the summer of 2013, Rosi traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, as part of a study abroad experience. “Being immersed in another culture and another language was easily the most challenging thing I have ever set out to do,” he said. “I remember getting off of the plane, and everything was so foreign – the sounds, smells, sights, everything. Three months later, I had the same experience when I returned to the U.S.”
In Costa Rica, Rosi took 12 credit hours of advanced grammar, phonetics, history and literature. Rosi not only completed his degree requirements but also lived among the Costa Rican natives, learning about their culture – the dances, music, clothes, food and more.
Rosi noted that life in the U.S. is much more fast-paced than in Costa Rica, where “they appreciate what they do have, especially family and friends” and take time each day to enjoy life.
While on campus, Rosi volunteered with Gliding Stars of Findlay through the UF Physical Therapy Organization. He helped his “star” student with a physical therapy issue in her legs. The student’s physical therapist notified Rosi that he helped her from needing another surgery.
Rosi plans to graduate from the doctor of physical therapy program in May of 2016.