When I was in junior high and high school I enjoyed working and volunteering with individuals with disabilities. Because of this, I chose to get my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Human Development and Family studies. I went through a few career ideas while in college but ultimately knew working with children was something I wanted to do.
While in college a family member needed occupational therapy and I observed some sessions. I fell in love with the profession when I saw the growth and outcomes she received from therapy. After doing some research I discovered that many people across the lifespan need OT. At this point I was working with children who also received occupational therapy so I was able to see the growth from therapy. I observed a few pediatric OTs and a certified hand specialist before deciding to apply to OT school!
I spent my two gap years working in ABA therapy as a registered behavior technician and as a paraprofessional at school for individuals with special needs. I also worked at special recreation association with children and adults.
Ultimately I chose occupational therapy because I want to help make a difference in people’s lives. I’m so excited to be able to learn all about the different specialties involved!
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