Hannah

Submitted 2024-02-21

I am committed to my education because I want to become an amazing Occupational Therapist one day. I can’t do that unless I put in the work and finish strong. I thoroughly enjoy learning about this profession and how I can better the field. Studying something that I am genuinely passionate about, makes me very excited for the future. I am currently in my second year of the occupational therapy doctoral program at Drake University. I graduated from Drake in 2023, with my bachelors of science, and a minor in psychology. From there, I decided I wanted to further my education and moved on to completing my doctoral degree in occupational therapy. I plan to graduate in May of 2025. I am highly motivated to become the best therapist I can be.

Ever since I was little, I have wanted to work in a profession that makes a difference in people’s lives. I am an honest, bubbly, loyal, and respectful person. My personal mission as an OT, is to inspire others to achieve greatness. I’d like to watch children re-gain their confidence, while being an influential playful therapist. I strive to never lose sight of my goals, and always go for more. As a future occupational therapist, I can help to change the lives of children and their families. I am incredibly motivated to work with children, specifically those who are struggling in various aspects of their life. For example, when working with a child who has recently had a surgery or is delayed physically, I can help them to change their mindset, work to adapt or develop new skills.

Ultimately, I want to be a part of these families success. I know how hard it can be when your routine is altered, and you can’t be as independent as you used to be. I hope to use the knowledge I am building to help reduce clients stress levels, and encourage greatness. Occupational therapy is important for people who are receiving emergency medical care because it is often the thing that helps them recover faster.

For the last 8 or so years, I have worked with children, building my knowledge base, and connecting with the community. This is personally how I prepare for these real life situations, by putting myself in these real situations. First, for 4 years during the summer months, I was a nanny for 5 young children. Then, I began working at ChildServe’s Woodland Center, a center for children with medically complex conditions. It was here that I was able to see the field of occupational therapy in real time, and really developed my love and respect for it. I am now a private respite/SCL provider for four different individuals. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for young children, and love the idea of working one-on-one. Working with people who have a variety of medical and physical needs helped me to become more confident in myself as a future healthcare professional, and build my rapport.