By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Two former Fresno State soccer student-athletes - twin sisters Aubrey and Megan Tennant - received their doctorates in physical therapy at May's 101st University Commencement ceremony .
GoBulldogs.com recently caught up with the twins to discuss earning their doctorates and life after being a Fresno State student-athlete.
GoBulldogs.com: How do you use what you learned as a Bulldog soccer player on a daily basis?
Aubrey Tennant: The most important things that I learned from my time as a Bulldog soccer player that apply to my life today are time management and my work ethic. It took tremendous work ethic and time management skills to complete my doctorate. I learned playing soccer that if you want something you have to do everything it takes to achieve it and that has become a huge part of my life now.
Megan Tennant: As a bulldog soccer player I quickly learned that time management was going to be an important tool. This also helped me through my Master's and Doctorate programs. The other thing I learned as a bulldog was my work ethic. I think this has helped me the most over the years and will continue to be my biggest asset.
GB: What is a typical day like for you?
AT: During the doctorate program, a typical day for me would be going to work as a physical therapist in the morning, treating patients all day, then going to class at night. We had weekend classes either in Fresno or San Francisco at UCSF. And then getting some exercise in at some point each day. I am now working as a physical therapist in Sacramento so my day consists of going to work, getting a workout in, and then finally enjoying some free time.
MT: Now that I have graduated my typical day is much more "typical". Instead of working, going to class and then going home to study, I get to focus solely on work. I'm still figuring out what to do with free time and weekends. It's great!
GB: What was the most challenging part of earning your doctorate?
AT: The most challenging part of earning my doctorate was working hard to stay focused on my ultimate goal while my close friends and family were no longer in school. In the end it was worth it.
MT: I think the most challenging part of earning my doctorate was the time commitment. It was a full-time 3 year commitment that required a lot of focus and hard work. While most of my friends were out of school enjoying the real world I was still in school working to complete my goal of a doctoral degree.
GB: What was it like to go through the physical therapy program with your twin sister?
AT: It was helpful to have someone going through the same experience because I always had someone to practice with, learn from, and bounce ideas off of. We were able to help each other through our strengths and weaknesses and different clinical experiences and backgrounds.
MT: Going through the PT program with my twin sister was a unique experience. Physical therapy is a very hands-on field so it was great to have someone to practice my assessment and treatment skills with. I try to remember how lucky I am to be in this unique situation with someone by my side the whole way.
GB: Have you been able to keep in touch with any of your other former Bulldog teammates? If so, who and how?
AT & MT: We both keep in touch with a handful of our Bulldog teammates through occasional check-ins to see how everyone is doing and where they are these days. Specifically we keep in close contact with Rochelle Jagdeo on a daily basis, who is now in medical school in Nashville. We see Selena Gill here in Fresno who just got a great teaching job. We see Cortney Sobrero, and Andrea Alires from time to time when they are in town. Another close friend, teammate, and former roommate is Chelsea Davis who we both remain close with.
GB: What is the most rewarding part of your career?
AT: The most rewarding part of my career is getting to see my patients recover from devastating injuries and accidents and seeing them succeed. Watching them find independence and joy in whatever they do again is the best part of my day.
MT: The most rewarding part of my career is the opportunity I have to meet so many unique individuals and have a positive impact on their lives. I love the path I have chosen and feel so lucky to have made it to this point.
GB: What is your favorite memory from playing soccer for the 'Dogs?
AT: Too many good memories to choose one but it was definitely a great moment to win the WAC championship tournament in Boise.
MT: There are so many great memories I have from those years with my amazing teammates. I think the two that stand out is winning the WAC championship in Boise Idaho in 2005 to advance to the NCAA tournament as well as the very last game I played in for Fresno State in 2007.
GB: Is there anything else you would like to share with Fresno State fans?
MT: I think the fans should know how much their support means to the athletes at Fresno State. Fresno is such a great community to be a part of and they really supported us as athletes during those four years and beyond.
AT: I would like the Fresno State fans to know that the student athletes work very hard at what they do and everyone greatly appreciates all of the support they get from the fans and the community. We wouldn't have had that opportunity without the fans and support of the community.
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