Alumnus Peyton Steele-Dean graduated in 2013 and went to the University of North Texas. While in high school Dean participated in Choir, Silver Spurs and was a football manager.
What have you done after high school?
“Since high school, I went to college at the University of North Texas,” Dean said. “I graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor in science in kinesiology for pre-allied health majors. I graduated with honors, Cum Laude, as an emerald eagle scholar, and as a distinguished scholar through the UNT honors college. I am currently waiting on acceptance into a doctorate of physical therapy program so that I can be a physical therapist. Currently, I am treating patients as a rehabilitation technician at the Medical City Lewisville hospital in Lewisville, TX. I still live in Denton for the time being, and my husband and I just celebrated our one month of marriage.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“My freshman year of college I had zero idea of what I wanted to do with my career, but I knew I wanted to be in healthcare,” Dean said. “I started working at a rehab facility my sophomore year and fell in love with physical therapy. There is something beautiful and awe striking about how the body can facilitate an adaptation to injury, and from then on I knew this was for me. As I continued to gain experience at one clinic to another, I figured out that not only were body mechanics fascinating but I love people. There are so many people with different commonalities and differences that in an hour setting I have the opportunity of getting to know them. Not to mention, when you help people feel better and teach them how to adapt and live better, they love and appreciate you as well. It is a very rewarding field.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“In high school I learned what it’s like to be around those that are different from you and how to find that common ground to get along with them,” Dean said. “Being in a team setting, this skill is essential for my career. I also learned through drill team how to come out of my shell and stand out. Standing out is the only way to make yourself known in such a busy world.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“At my job now, I am an aid to physical, occupational, and speech therapists,” Dean said. “I assist in their patient transfers, carry out different rehab tasks they need me to do, and help basically help in any way possible they need help. It’s a great learning experience because I get to view different types of therapy and learn on the job.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Current high schoolers- prepare now for your future,” Dean said. “If I knew what I know now back then, I would’ve taken advantage of dual credit, learned how to study for college, and been more ahead of the game rather than the culture shock I went through my freshman year. Juniors and seniors- The best advice I can give you is if you think you know what you want to be when you grow up, go shadow the job. So many people waste money and time on education for a career they think they want to be in just to figure out it’s not what they thought.”