About four years ago I decided that I wanted to be a physical therapist. In recent years physical therapy schools have transitioned to a doctorate program to enhance students’ knowledge before sending them into the world as practicing physical therapists. Being from Wyoming I knew that I would not be able to complete my education in-state because the University of Wyoming does not have a physical therapy program. As I got closer to earning my BS degree from UW I began thinking about how I was going to pay for graduate school to fulfill my goal of becoming a PT. WICHE was brought to my attention by family and friends. As I began to learn more about this program I realized that it would help me achieve my goal and keep my student loans at a minimum. It allowed me to pay in-state tuition as an out-of-state student. For students like myself that do not have an in-state program in their desired fields WICHE enables us to get a higher education, stay in the western region, and have less student loans to pay off. I have worked hard to be where I am today and I will continue to work hard throughout PT school and in my career as a physical therapist. I am very thankful that the WICHE program exists to help me pay for an education that I will use for the rest of my life.